Sunday, August 22, 2010
the sound of one band clapping
One of the driving forces behind this band is Peter Katis, who has been building a solid reputation as a producer for acts like The National, Interpol, and Tokyo Police Club. Katis' ear for production is really what pulls this album's complex, multilayered tracks together. That's quite a feat when you're moving from a creepy string arrangement to a dramatic waltz ("Set List Title Cableguy") or an island groove to a driving dark rock anthem ("If I Did Nothing But Train for Two Years..."). These songs have more moods than Sybil but it all makes sense somehow. Take track 8, "Twenty Miles to NH," for example.
I have to draw one more comparison that I couldn't shake: somehow I was constantly reminded of Mull Historical Society. Remember them? Did anyone else actually listen to them? Here's a reminder or, perhaps more likely, an introduction:
Download Mull Historical Society - I Tried
Those guys were a little bit of alright. It might be a Scottish thing, but we can talk about that some other time.