A review of the Skygreen Leopards album Family Crimes.
The Skygreen Leopards are one of those few bands who manage to take their lo-fi aesthetic, minimal arrangements and simple songs and turn them into something a lot more massive than what they technically are: The 14 songs within brand new album Family Crimes are as simple as it gets: a few chords of crunchy electric guitar, a steady beat and a choked bass line to complement the whole thing. The vocals are drenched in reverb and quite buried underneath the music.
The footprint of the vocals on most of the tracks within this album falls somewhere in between “Sonic Youth” vibes and “Velvet Underground” sophistications. This album appears humble, but it’s a true indie-pop gem to dig out from the dirt.
I love how The Skygreen Leopards managed to blend alt-folk and dream-pop within an album with songs that are extremely straight-forward without being cheesy and extremely classy without being pretentious.