BYRDS OF PARADISE: Teenage Symphonies: LP

May 13, 2011

Super scuzzed-out pop/shoegazer bliss. Serene melodies are buried under walls of noise and distortion. The bass is heavily distorted, and sounds like it’s about to vibrate apart. Think of the Swell Maps. The songs are catchy and crushing at the same time. A lot of contrasts are put on the table and all of it works. “Broadcast News” grabs your attention with the near-shimmery guitar sound. I also like Laura Catalano’s vocals on “Honey Trap” and “Paradise DC.” Her voice brings in a near-ethereal quality to the music (not Enya ethereal, just to be clear). Listen to the opening of “Paradise DC” with just her vocals. So great; reminds me of the early- to mid-’90s when there was some truly great indie pop coming out (Unrest, Velocity Girl, Tsunami, etc).

 –M.Avrg (Don Giovanni,