Well, gang, its almost that time of the year. Summer is quickly approaching, temperatures are arisin, and you need to find some new tunes for the season. While you await the return of Mr. Tasty, make sure to pick-up the latest album from The Everyday Visuals, a self-titled effort.
Rising from the ashes of Paun Unction, the members of this Boston-based band consist of Christopher Pappas (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Eli Scheer (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Joseph Seiders (drums, vocals, keyboards), Kyle Fredrickson (guitar, keyboards). As an ensemble, they deliver an onslaught of pop music (the good kind). The harmonies in Intro (Morning Star) sound better than just about anything youll hear on the radio today (I feel just like/Youre morning star). The gentle sounds floating from your speakers can be likened to Fleet Foxes, and they arent just present on the opening track. Florence Foster Jenkins would fit in comfortably with the Foxes debut.
After the somber setting of the opener, pop majesty is at court in the track Limb to Limb. Lead singer Pappas pleads, Will you talk to me, talk to me?/Tell me a story, tell me a story, over guitar work that would make A.C. Newman red with envy. Its tracks like this and the Beach Boys-influenced, Ill Take It All in Stride that scream, Summer time! Solid pop music with beautiful melodies over shimmering musical arrangements.
There are introspective songs to be found in The Everyday Visuals album. Restless Heart asks boys to hold on to your lover/Or shell turn into a tired song of what went wrong over acoustic guitar and piano. The slide guitar that creeps into the mid-way point of the track reminds us of Wilcos Being There. The crowning moment of the album arrives in Boom! Boom! Boom!, with hints of Kinks riffs and even our cousins from the north, Sloan.
They wear their influences on their sleeves, but they pay tribute to the bands that came before them and fit in comfortably with the bands of today. With any luck, The Everyday Visuals, with Pappas, will continue to build an audience, major label or not. Its all I can do not to burst.
“Boom! Boom! Boom!”