MIDWEST BEAT, THE: Free of Being: CD

Part of me wants these guys to pick a side: are you power poppers or hippies? They go back and forth between the suburbs and the woods. But then also: they seem to be aiming at cool eleven-year-olds, the ones who read Calvin & Hobbesand watched Pete & Pete and never forgot that Polaris song. I’m not saying this is alt psych pop for tweens, but I mean it’s close. Makes me want to have misfit pre-angst kids and take them to a museum. Everyone get in the Forrester. 

 –Matt Werts (Waterslide, watersliderecords.com)