SMALL SAILS
Similar Anniversaries

[Other Electricities, www.other-electricities.com]

My first reaction to this release was rather revolting. I was driving to a job interview about thirty miles from my house when I slipped this disc into the car stereo. Not exactly sure whether this was meant to be a joke or a badly executed April Fool's snag, I drove on the highway, while my head quite aimlessly kept bopping up and down in ecstasy. What bothered me most about the quartet's music I suppose were guitarist/keyboardist Ethan Rose's vocals. His incessant "heyo-hayo", "bump-ba-ba-ba", "bump-bump" choruses were as silly as they were obnoxiously demanding on my ears. Fact is, no real words appear within the realm of this record, other than a few that are disguised. The band has no need to write lyrics, which means they can build a greater level of understanding from their non-English speaking audience. Another thing that kept me unraveled and unnerved was the band's insistence on high-pitched keyboard melodies to keep their songs propelled. One good thing is the combination of vibes that was thrown into the mix [both guitarist/keyboardist Adam Porterfield and drummer Gary Jimmerson play these]. This isn't really experimental music, as the pop element weighs heavy, but then again, it's too quirky to be pop alone. The band has a heavy visual aspect, as their fourth member - Ryan Jeffery - is in charge of 16mm film projectors. [Check out their label's website for a fine example of what sort of dimension the visuals sits within the band.] Despite my early revulsion, it turns out one can actually be converted to music. Something tells me, Small Sails are greater live than they appear in recorded format. Whatever the case, "Similar Anniversaries" is a quirky, melodic journey of an utter vacuum.

Tom Sekowski


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