Monday, September 14, 2009

Televolution - The Spies

The Spies, encompass the musical collaborations of Leo Francis and Mark Matkevich - both hailing from the LA music scene. On their most recent muscial endeavor, Televolution, they open their album with Bang Bang, a fun, choppy and bluesy track I might imagine from a fun loving Ben Folds.

On Radio Caller, they utilize a mid-tempo melody to drive home a simple Wilco-esque anthem. Paper Trail opens up with overdriven guitars blaring and a rhythm section keeping things simple. It continues to tell a singable story that is workable - giving highlight to multiple vocal lines and harmonies. Its part rant, part exegesis, all truth.

On a later track, Modern Oceans, The Spies unveil a very live sounding track with very solid work under their belts. But perhaps their most solid and best work comes out in Lavender, a softer ballad with a nice lo-fi bent.

The album is complete and I imagine will please fans of rootsy-rockers like, Wilco and Elvis Costello.
RATING: 4 of 5 stars

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