The seven-member band Agesandages is a little hard to characterize in any one genre – they flit with relative ease from southern rock to more standard indie pop. Sometimes they sound like The Band or other classic rock groups. Very reminiscent of Vampire Weekend; extensive use of vocal harmonies hearkens back to the Beach Boys. As an album it can get a bit repetitive, and it veers toward being overly precious with the use of a violin and xylophone in one track (8). But Agesandages, led by front man and founder Tim Perry, manages to have produced a melodic, good debut album in Alright You Restless. And if you’re just playing one track at a time, the repetitiveness obviously won’t be a problem. No FCCs. Recommended 5, 7, 8, 9.
1. 3:22 Sounds like classic southern rock. Multiple people singing in unison for much of the track. Bright guitars. Clapping. Pretty catchy.
2. 3:13 Narrative structure to the lyrics. Overlapping vocal textures.
3. 2:55 Starts with clapping. Musically a bit of a downer, despite an attempt at an upbeat message. Fairly chill.
4. 3:21 Overlapping vocals – male in the foreground and female in the background. Pretty and relaxed, if a bit boring, with interesting campfire-y guitar work.
5*. 2:29 Pretty, melodic. Less upbeat than their other stuff, but quite good. Reflective. Last 10 seconds are basically dead air.
6. 4:59 Start it at :04 if you don’t want to hear mic-checking and feedback. At the beginning he sings at the height of his vocal range – which is pretty high. Think Elliott Smith, but happy, if that makes sense. Then builds to a powerful chorus of la la las, complete with tambourines! Fades-out at the end.
7*. 3:18 Catchy chorus, very Vampire Weekend. Series of “whoa-ahhhh-whoas” overlapped with “keep you incarcerated.” Fun pop song.
8*. 3:29 Sounds like it’s building to something, gradually adding backup singers – but it takes over two and a half minutes to get to that intensity (replete with violins). It’s worth the wait. There are also included some cutesy chimes.
9*. 3:24 Starts out as very slow, but the chorus is quite catchy and relatively up-beat. The clapping comes back here, to nice effect. There’s also a bit of a capella at the end, with only singing and clapping.
10. 5:34 Kind of drags. Last 20 seconds are essentially dead air. Not very remarkable.