- Audio CD (28 Feb. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Marshall Teller
- ASIN: B009VXVL6O
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,525 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Out of View
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Top Customer Reviews
debut with their album 'Out Of View'. Think messy, guitar saturated,
upbeat, grunge-pop and you'll be somewhere close. They all have serious
haircuts and youth on their side and are doubtless loved by the denizens
of Shoreditch and Hoxton but they understand the nature of a good tune
and the ten numbers in the set, although somewhat unvarying in sonic density,
are the epitome of re-invented psychedelic-sixties cool; a quality which they
share to some degree with their US cousins The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.
Singer Stephanie Min's voice is not the most distinctive or powerful instrument
on the planet; a sweet, monochrome drawl and the sort of idiosyncratic diction
which lends an air of mystery to the songs' subject matter but more than good
enough to do the job. The simple, happy hippie vocal harmonies are attractive in
a Californian-down-on-their-luck-girl-band-kind-of-way. Jerome Watson's guitar
playing, however, is the main event. He makes a big, fat, sweaty, reverb-laden,
chord-heavy noise and is largely responsible for defining the band's distinctive sound.
Top tracks include opening number 'Tug', a top down, foot down, hit-the-highway
confection with the kind of chorus which lodges in your brain like a limpet;
'Mallory', which rattles along like an express train and had me thinking about
Paramore for more than a moment and 'You're So Cool', a more open-textured,
down-tempo composition, sporting perhaps the best of Ms Min's vocal contributions.
Music for the skinny jeans generation.
Bearing both of these things in mind, any review of the fuzzy, dreamy Out Of View could spend half its word count name-checking iconic bands from `87-'93, but little good it would ultimately do for, amongst other things, London quintet The History Of Apple Pie also have one jangling foot in the sugar-coated birth of Britpop. Bridging these two worlds they certainly have the potential to lead a popular UK-based revival of such sounds, but if their trailblazing Marshall Teller label-mates to date are anything to go by then they are more likely to simply languish in limited pools of critical acclaim - tributaries to the mainstream, if you will.
This is a bit of a pity because the Out Of View opener "Tug" sees the band at their commercial best. Full of ear-catching guitar tones, the track's cosy shoegaze is tempered on record by vocalist Stephanie Min`s sweet contributions, its modest noise levels almost certainly belying an all-encompassing live sound. Leaving the majority of the fuzz behind, the first single "You're So Cool" allows Min to shine via its more sparse construct. Another of the singles, "Mallory", is note perfect too as Min's voice drifts through polished indie-pop surges and more standout guitar interplay courtesy of Jerome Watson who is also credited as the album's producer.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As I bought this for my teenage grandson, my opinion of the music is irrelevant. He was very happy to get it, and thinks it's very good. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2013 by Aly Catt
Shame, it's all been done before, bit's of Blondie, bits of Hole, bits of The Sundays, bits of nearly any grungy punky girl fronted band of the last 30 years but nothing new or... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2013 by h20iswater