LIBRARIANS: Present Passed: CD

May 21, 2010

The second full length from this West Virginia four-piece. Dream-like, ethereal pop with keyboard underlays which color the music’s weight, rather than intrude. The proceedings bounce along from the first song, “MarillaPark”, which has a Chapterhouse vibe underneath it all. “CranberryPalace” evokes the ‘60s U.K. garage rock feel to good effect, as well. The only misstep here, for me, is the too true-to-form “Island Jam,” which, for some reason, feels like a soundtrack addition to Club Paradise. But the band rebounds at the end of this CD for the one-two punch of “Kid Stuff” and “Present Passed.” Nowhere near punk rock, but at moments captivating and chilling within the same measure. That’s what music is supposed to accomplish at day’s end. Present Passed surpasses that goal quite nicely.

 –koepenick (Postfact)