Self-released; Release date: Sept. 30, 2008
The Deal: The California-based indie band Brown Shoe releases third album Jackalope.
The Good: The album begins with Take This Paper And Burn It, a song that by far is the best. Jingly keys and drum cymbals along with the other instruments make the song an eccentric blend of experimental pop and the lyrics are catchy as well. Jackalope is another catchy craft with chants like If its all over then let it be over, cause I cant say it again. The bands sound is riveting with a mix of dreamy harmonies tinged with wistful tones for an uplifting listen. Lightfoot is another highlight, starting slow and moving into spastic sounds including those of created by a tap dancer. Throughout the entire album the songs, which are sometimes a bit hypnotic prove to be textured with care. The last track (chiming in at over six minutes) is titled Hey. Its mostly instrumental with a few yells and a full-fledged escapade of noise.
The Bad: Not much. On the first listen a few songs sound similar, but after another the tracks are more distinctive and its easy to see that Brown Shoe will be saluted in the indie-rock world for this effort.
The Verdict: A great album from a band youve probably never heard before. Brown Shoes lulling melodies resemble those of Sigur Ros, Coldplay and Bright Eyes. Jackalope is full of mesmeric rhythms that will astound.