Written by Fense
Flannel (MySpace) is one of those spacey pop bands, dabbling lightly in dreamy shoe-gaze-like moments. The music paints a colorful sunset much like that found on the cover of Dear Something, Dear Someone. Itâ€™s the perfect album to listen to through headphones while staring up at the sky as the sun is setting; itâ€™s very peaceful.
With tight percussion, reverb-filled vocals, and softly distorted guitars, songs like â€œDropsâ€ and â€œSaving This Momentâ€ and â€œYesterdayâ€™s Craneâ€ hint of Swedish artists like The Radio Dept circa Lesser Matters. Flannel, however, differs from such groups in that Dear Something, Dear Someone closely follows the DIY and lo-fi categorizations.
Also contrary to acts like The Radio Dept, Flannel lives up to the bedroom pop name; along with being lo-fi, the songs tend to me much slower and softer with a few minor exceptions. One exception is the upbeat, uptempo â€œSpring Timeâ€, which features a double-time beat but remains soft and light in the instrumentation and vocals.
For fans of Swedish pop, Flannel fits the moldâ€”Swedish pop tends to be a bit homogenous in that it tends to have that distinct â€œSwedish Popâ€ sound. The big surprise is that Flannel is not from Sweden. Nor are they from the US. Theyâ€™re from Japan!
Flannel: Light [mp3]
Flannel: Spring Time [mp3]
Series II Records [CD, 2008]
3. You Should Take Your Time
4. Saving This Moment
5. Spring Time
6. Where Before The Water Becomes The Stream
8. Morning, About The Mill And Mugs
9. Yesterdayâ€™s Crane
11. Slow Watlz
12. To Begin With