March 27, 2008

Grand Archives - The Grand Archives (2008)

Mat Brooke knows how to make beautiful dreamy pop music. It's like his old group Band of Horses, but not nearly as depressed. He's also dropped most of the ringing guitars and the Neil Young influence in favor of vocal harmonies and some well-placed whistling. The songs are generally sweet and slow yet still catchy. "Torn Blue Foam Couch" and "Index Moon" are just gorgeous. The album closes with rollicking "The Crime Window", which reminds me of the Beach Boys' party version of "Barbara Ann". Highly recommended.