Album Review: Givers
  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011

  • Posted by: Gabby Green

In Light has arrived just in time for summer. GIVERS hails from Lafayette, Louisiana and is lead by vocalists Tiffany Lamson and Taylor Guarisco, who are backed up by a range of instrumentals from synths to Afro-beat percussion perfect for the season. While the instrumentals are reminiscent of other balmy-weather bands like Vampire Weekend and Ra Ra Riot and the vocal duo are analogous to the sounds of Mates of State, there is something entirely new and refreshing about the style. The songs of this album could be most accurately described as bubbly, but there is definitely a divide between the more giddy tracks of the first half to the more melancholic second half of In Light. Although there is a split, the raw power of Tiffany Lamson's voice maintains continuity throughout the album. In Light strings together the scope of surf-rock, funk, soul, ska, and Afropop, but underneath all of these eclectic layers lies an organic and exhilarating sound.

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