SLINGSHOT DAKOTA: Their Dreams Are Dead, But Ours Is the Golden Ghost: CD

Thankfully, this long and slightly bonkers album title does not equal pretentious crap. Slingshot Dakota is a New York duo making upbeat songs that are both poppy and complex. Keyboardist Carly Comando handles all the singing and she has my favorite kind of voice: tough and talented. And after a few listens the title of the album almost begins to make sense. The songs are hopeful and passionate without being overly earnest or dull. Listening through the whole thing over and over again is like watching a series of bright, cheerful, explosions. I’m smitten.

 –jennifer (Self-released)