After four years, it feels like Conor Oberstâ€™s label Team Love has came full circle. The first release on the Team Love label was Tilly and the Wallâ€™s â€œWild Like Childrenâ€, and at this moment, â€œoâ€ is the current release that they are pandering. Tilly and the Wallâ€™s â€œoâ€ is their third full-length release, set on the same 2 year publishing schedule that â€œWild Like Childrenâ€ and â€œBottoms of Barrelsâ€ had. The first track on â€œoâ€ is â€œTall Tall Grassâ€, and it provides listeners with a sedate track that is little more than vocals and acoustic guitar. The track benefits from a challenging time signature put forth by the aforementioned vocals, upping listenersâ€™ expectations for â€œPot Kettle Blackâ€.
â€œPot Kettle Blackâ€ marks the bandâ€™s first single on â€œoâ€, and it begins with a retro rock style that links together the early British Invasion bands with a grungier, seventies type of hard rock approach. The angular arrangements of the guitars during â€œPot Kettle Blackâ€ provide something firm and substantive that the echoing and fuzzy vocals can work off of: the track will easily insert itself into listenersâ€™ minds and not let go. â€œCacophonyâ€ has a lighter, more Mamas and Papas-type of sound to it, riding on a wave of martial drums, Spanish horns, and twinkling pianos. While not immediately as approachable as â€œPot Kettle Blackâ€, â€œCacophonyâ€ has a much more intricate and dense style to it that listeners will undoubtedly unravel after countless listens to â€œoâ€.
â€œFalling Without Knowingâ€ is an intense track, bringing forth a bed of synthesizers that goes beyond the work of acts like The Killers to create a track that could easily be a hit back when mTV still played videos and the New Wave genre was at its full force. The power of the track would easily bring â€œFalling Without Knowingâ€ back up to the top of the alternative tracks and provide a possibility for Tilly and the Wall to cross over. Aside from the bonus track (â€œHeartbeatsâ€), â€œoâ€ ends with the equally high-energy â€œToo Excitedâ€. The track links together Tony Basil with the X-Ray Spex to create a clapping, â€œfuck youâ€ type of track that will be easily eaten up by fans of all genres of music. â€œoâ€ is a disc that bounces through genres with countless approaches taken and instruments used: with energy abound, Tilly and the Wall do not disappoint. Pick it up.
Top Tracks: Alligator Skin, Too Excited
Tilly and the Wall â€“ o / 2008 Team Love / 11 Tracks / http://www.tillyandthewall.com /