Wisconsin art rockers Laarks is just the type of band the trendy indie critics at Pitchfork drool over: a warble-y voiced lead singer, prominent use of synthesizers, and a strong affinity for Death Cab for Cutie songs. I donâ€™t write for Pitchfork, so I can be honest and tell you thereâ€™s very little to get excited about over the bandâ€™s debut An Exaltation of Laarks.
The band is not bad, not a bit, but they are far from being original. Songs like â€œYou Know They Doâ€ and â€œWhere Do You Wanna Live?â€ sound like they came off a Death Cab rarities album. The 10 songs that make up their record are, for the most part, a pretty solid collection of lilting indie pop.
Itâ€™s just too bad the Laarks sound more like a cover band executing them.
Rating: 6 out of 10
Top track: â€œYou Know They Doâ€
Laarks â€“ An Exaltation of Laarks/CD /10 tracks/2009/Absolutely Kosher/www.myspace.com/laarks