When I first heard Huggable Dust I thought it was the new Electric President, as they’ve got a new album out soon. The pop is filled with those lovable electro beats and the vocals are equally as gravely, if not more so. But Okay adds a female vocalist here and there that really sets the band apart. They also keep their tunes short, allowing for more; this album hits a high with 18 songs, yet unlike most albums with high track list numbers the listener never once is let down or left bored.
Where Electric President fits pop to a T and often draws comparisons to the Gibbard / Tamborello project The Postal Service, Okay does not. Huggable Dust has plenty of pop moments, but it’s much more folky and minimal, sometimes narrowing a song to a simple plucked acoustic guitar melody with some minor post-production tweaks. A perfect example of this comes toward the end in “Already”â€”Okay often opts for one-word song titles. “Already” finds the band in its more minimal element.
In “My”, main Okay member Marty Anderson repetitively croons You are / My heart between verses; the song is the perfect opener for both Huggable Dust and that next mix-tape for your special someone. Songs like â€œMyâ€ and â€œNaturalâ€ show that Anderson is great at writing upbeat pop songs, proving that a gravely voice doesnâ€™t have to be sad, even though it may sound it. â€œTragedyâ€ and â€œNightmareâ€ are surprisingly upbeatâ€”though in both the lyrics are not nearly as so. Overall, Huggable Dust is just that: huggable. The album is pleasant and peaceful, yet more than interesting enough to make you give a damn.
This review was originally published June 18, 2008 on the old version of FensePost.
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Such a great album. Whenever I recommend it I tell them that its like if Oscar the Grouch had a son that knew sentimentality as much as Oscar knows how to be grouchy.