I love the spacey guitars and mellow, harmony vocals on The Instrumentsâ€™ â€œSounds Electricâ€. But, even moreso, I love the consistent, repetitive percussion; it is the percussion that, in my opinion, makes this a great song.
Thereâ€™s plenty of skill here. The Instruments include names like Heather McIntosh, whose E6 background in groups like Elf Power and Japancakes can be heard throughout The Instrumentsâ€™ third release, Dark SmÃ¥land, out now on Orange Twin Records.
In fact, McIntosh recruits a few of her old label cohortsâ€”most notably, Jeff Mangum of Neutral Milk Hotelâ€”for inclusion on the album. Despite the hefty emphasis on E6, not enough can be said of drummer Eric Harrisâ€™ percussion skills or guitarist Derek Almsteadâ€™s engineering abilities (he runs Pixel Studios).
The Instrumentsâ€™ style of pop is very melodic and soothing. Itâ€™s beautifully crafted folk-pop for fans of Eno and Elephant 6, though â€œFirst Signsâ€ has Stereolab written all over it.
The Instruments: Sounds Electric [mp3]
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