Written by Fense
Not too long ago–more specifically, earlier this year–I wrote that The Explorers Club release Freedom Wind could have been the record The Beach Boys released after Pet Sounds. While that statement is a bit of a stretch, as few titles can live up to the Pet Sounds name, all the press on The Bellfuries seem to dub Palmyra with a similar, Beach Boys-y label.
I disagree. Freedom Wind is quite a bit more… well… fresh. Despite its old sound, there are moments where it feels quite new. Palmyra, The Bellfuries latest, on the other hand, does not. And that’s a trait The Beach Boys always seemed to encompass–especially circa Pet Sounds. Sure Palmyra has that lovable indie pop sound bands from the 80s on to present like to indulge in when they list The Beach Boys as a major influence, but it simply does not sound new.
Of course, that’s not always a bad thing. There’s plenty here to enjoy. It’s just not as insightful nor as inspiring as The Explorers Club. So it’s no surprise that The Bellfuries are at their best when they sound “most” like The Beach Boys–and the key songs are midpoint “Cheerleader” and “Into The Arms Of My Baby”. Both are brilliant.
But the one available for posting is “Give It, Get It”, a song that isn’t necessarily moving pop forward, but is a pretty damn decent pop song nonetheless.