Friday, April 28, 2006

Quickie Album Reviews: Molecules, Essex Green, & The Little Ones

Molecules - 23 Factory Slaves (Self-Release) The LA-based Molecules’ recipe for success involves harmonizing male and female vocals, heavy use of organ, samples from old news broadcasts, and almost psychedelic moments of pure jamming. When these elements come together just right, they’re a force to be reckoned with, such as on stellar tracks Get Out of the Car and DNA Forever. The Essex GreenCannibal Sea (Merge Records) With three singer/songwriters in this Brooklyn-based band, it’s no surprise that it this album goes off in a few distinct directions, some with more of a folk flavoring, some more country rock, but all with a pure pop heart. The upbeat track Don’t Know Why stands out as the easiest to immediately embrace, while the other songs warm up more slowly. The Little OnesSing Song EP (Branches Recording Collective) They might not have invented infectious indie pop, but, geesh, sometimes it seems like The Little Ones should at least share the trademark for it. If songs like Lovers Who Uncover and High on a Hill off of this six-track EP don’t make you want to smile and hop around, your heart could very well be made of stone.

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