FRIDAY, JUNE 03, 2011 |
Posted by: Dominick Sorrentino
The charm of the classic female-male duo takes a sobering turn on The Rosebuds' new album Loud Planes Fly Low. Melancholy echoes ring through parts of the track list, undoubtedly the remnants of Kelly Crisp and Ivan Howards break-up. Even though the marriage is over, the couple stays hitched to their old sound. The poignant chord progressions and graceful harmonies haven't gone, it's all just shrouded with an inescapably morose ambiance.
The opening track "Go Ahead" is immediately emotive: "Go ahead and be my world/ and everything will be OK". Flanged guitar, electric-organ, and ambient vocals break in wonderfully from the get go with a sound that is overwhelmingly full. It's The Rosebuds way of saying we still got it.
If the opening track is their way of reminding the world who they are, the next few tracks are their way of saying, here's whats new. "Limitless Arms" invokes the 80s, while "Second Bird of Paradise" ominously introduces darkness to The Rosebuds sound that is in no way evocative of a blooming flower. The whining vocals and foreboding aura seem more suggestive of a love-apocalypse.
Even the tracks that pick up in tempo, such as the catchy "Come Visit Me", which on the surface is very similar in structure and mood to Coconut Records "Nighttiming", have an aura of angst and hopelessness: "I want something to happen now/ even it f*cks me up." Not to mention the album wraps up with one of the most stripped down and nostalgic tracks, wearing only the warmth of various string instruments, including an upright base, and lyrics that long for better times: "All I want is to make this all worthwhile/ I knew you/And it all went by too soon."
The overall feel of the album is one, which like so many contemporary artists such as the Arcade Fire and The Vaccines, fuses throwback elements, in this case from the 80s, with modern alternative rock. The Rosebuds havent strayed too far from their style with Loud Planes Fly Low, but they have rendered their sound with a new shade of sadness. The music is still great; its just a little bit more depressing, which is altogether awesome if youre searching for catchy songs that are also emotionally evocative.