- the indie foursome based in Brooklyn - have been around since they released their debut album Tell It To The Volcano
in 2009. With each studio album they've released, it seems they spend a lot of time style-tweaking and trying on new hats by incorporating elements outside of the realms of indie-pop. Today, they've released their fifth studio album I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy
and it effortlessly blends folk, psych rock and pop.
The opening track, "My Girl Forever" starts with the clinking of wind-chimes and goes into a tune that reminds me of something you'd hear on The Parent Trap
soundtrack. With a vintage-inspired production and catchy melodies, Miniature Tigers picked the perfect song to open the album with. The lead-single, "Crying In The Sunshine," is definitely a stand-out on the album. It's a chipper, upbeat tune that, surprisingly, came from the dark place of frontman, Charlie Brand's breakup.
"Dreaming" is one of the favorites off the album because it's summery, fresh and literally *dreamy*. The vocals shift back and forth atop the synth melodies and although it comes from a sense of loneliness, it gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. The title-track features the charmingly droll vocals of Mae Whitman (who's rumored to be Charlie Brand's new girlfriend) and it carries on the hazy theme from the rest of the album. "Wish It Was Now" gives off a Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun" vibe and digs into some 60s pop inspo. "I'm Awake Now" provides the perfect conclusion to I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy
with loose vocals, strangely distorted synths and optimistic lyrics.
I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy
was written during a time of heartbreak and loneliness and was turned into an avant-garde folk, woozy psych and abstracted electro-pop album about the simple concept of a dream. It's an album that should be experienced as a whole - from start to finish - to understand how well it was put together. Each track seamlessly flows into the next and the instruments match the lyrics which are delivered with dreamy, echoey vocals. Miniature Tigers were out to prove that this ain't their first rodeo with this album.