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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