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Silversun Pickups: Pikul

Silversun Pickups - Pickul

Written by: Charles Sears

They say America is a melting pot. They say the only thing Americans have in common is a dream. Thus, we're a hodge-podge group of strangers all saving up for picket fences and 401k's. In this hodge-podge sense, Silversun Pickups are strictly American. And seeing that they've been together making music for five years now and they've just now made time to release their first record, (an EP, at that) one could describe them in a Parisian accent as "lazy Americans." The music of Pikul is light on the ears but heavy and deep on the sounds.

During the first two songs Kissing Families and Comeback Kid the Pickups marry slow rhythm, mopy vocals, and often bubbly guitars. It sounds just as odd as it actually sounds, but at times the juxtaposition is effective. Following the first two songs, the record takes a turn towards Mope City, with a couple detours to various tourist traps like the prehistoric tar pits (which needless to say illicit screamier vocals and guitar playing of greater velocity).

I have a thing for sweet-sounding female vocalists. That being said, the track Creation Lake is probably my favorite on the whole album. Not only is it a great deviation from the sound they carve out from the beginning of Pikul, the dreamy melody of the voice and the background synthesizer create a beautiful landscape to claim there's "twent-four parts in a day that divides me… from you."

RATING: ***** 3 out of 5 stars

Release Date:
July 26th, 2005

Recording Label:
Dangerbird Records

Silversun Pickups: Pikul track list:
1. Kissing Families
2. Comeback Kid
3. Booksmart Devil
4. The Fuzz
5. Creation Lake
6. ...All The Go Inbetweens
7. Sci Fi Lullaby


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