Spacelab - indie music news, music festivals, music videos and free mp3 downloads, music reviews for indie rock, alternative music and electronic music. Music tech you can use.
   
   
     
     
  More Music News  
     
 Spacelab News Feeds  
  Click here to subscribe  Jack in to the RSS feed  
       
     
 
 Search Spacelab
 

Google Custom Search
 

 Galaxy Media Player  
  Experience great music and video on demand with our broadband media player. Listen to music, watch videos, and experience podcasts, interviews, and multimedia features.  
   Go to Galaxy Media Player  
     
     
   Reviews  
  Magik Markers  
 
 
  Band of Horses + VIDEO  
 
 
  Radiohead  
 
 
  Siouxsie Sioux  
 
 
    More Music Reviews  
 
 
 
 

Spacelab Radio plays some of best new music out there: Sigur Rós, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party, Death Cab For Cutie, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Raconteurs, Four Tet, The Flaming Lips & more. In broadband high-fidelity sound, playlist updated every week.

*Will launch in pop up window*

 
  Click here to listen to Spacelab Radio LISTEN Now  
     

 

     
 

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

 

 More music reviews