|Add Date:||2018-10-28|| ||Pull Date:||2018-12-30|| |
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Local San Francisco indie rock band led by Will Georgantas. The band calls its sound “space bar rock.” Its origins date back to the mid-90s, with an early connection to Yale University. For years, Georgantas made lo-fi, bedroom recordings on a four-track cassette. (More details on the one-sheet.) “Cosmos” features full, rich arrangements, creating a big studio sound. The melodies are catchy with excellent guitar work, and clever, often insightful, narrative lyrics. RIYL: Steve Mason, R.E.M., Moody Blues, or 60s Brit-pop.
— Francis D.
Recommended: 1, 6, 3, 7, 2, 9, 4. FCC on Track 10.
1. (7:02) Planetarium, Pts. 1 & 2 — Atmospheric and dreamlike, while being melodic as well. Swelling synth strings and harmonium. Jangly guitars. Piano. Shifts at 4.5 minutes to a road song feeling that carries on to the trail-out. Fantastic track! ****
2. (3:29) As If It Found Someone — Starts with count in. Ambling beat with jangly guitar and guitar stingers. Unvarnished vocals about the simple beauty of life. ***
3. (3:12) I Turn Automatic — Easygoing guitar-driven rock. Jangly with a simple beat and almost spoken vocals. Nice backing vocals in chorus. ****
4. (3:26) Pleasant Hill — Whimsical, with liquid guitar, harmonium, and mellow vocals. Lots of Bay Area references. Segues directly into track #5. ***
5. (3:43) Cosmos — 60s psych-rock. Deliberate and guitar-driven, reverbed vocals. Space rock.
6. (3:16) Stupid Town — Mid-tempo. Bright and sharp guitar rock. Melodic and hooky with compelling lyrics. Guitar solo in lead break. ****
7. (5:08) Where Are The Cars — Chugging guitars and bass, with a solid beat — contrasted with smooth vocals. Keyboards under. Builds into a big anthem. ***
8. (2:32) Goddamn Love — Twee-pop. Jangly guitar. Piano. Harmonized vocals.
9. (2:47) I Almost Cry — Jangly, 60s-style Brit-pop. Sweet, slightly sing-song-y vocals. Swelling synth strings. Bells. Perfect! ***
10. (3:00) Lucky So-And-So — Warning: FCC f-ck. Another throwback tune. Almost folk-rock feeling like Peter, Paul and Mary — but with big swelling orchestral elements and vocals that sound like the early Moody Blues. Some edgy guitar as well.
11. (1:51) Math Song — Bouncy and swingy, almost like a kid’s record. “Me times nothing is no one.” Definitely not your traditional math rock. :-)