Monday Mailbag:: Frances May, Paper the Operator

Lately the number of releases I’ve been sitting on has started to spiral out of control. The thing is, very few of those efforts are really blowing me away and to butcher the words of John Stuart Mill, if you have to ask if a record is good, it probably ceases to be. Certainly during the lull, I’ve come across some acts with good sounds but just haven’t found the time to put pen to paper. So I’m going to try to hit you all off with some quick reviews every Monday to clean out the inbox and keep giving you all fresh content.

 

Frances May
When I was sent Frances May’s The Hive Session EP, my first thought was they were kind of like the West Coast’s answer to Construction & Destruction. The two-piece builds on contrast; Rich’s instinct and heavy strums works against Jody’s sensibility and classic arrangements. The main difference is that Frances May opts for electro-undercurrents and a gritty urban sound instead of the sludgy rural-ness C&D experiment with trapped deep in their farmhouse jam space.

 

Jody’s voice really shines on the more more standard, almost jazzy riff the duo offers on Love Sweep, but these four songs are display an interesting mesh of emotion, tenderness and stripped down melodies peaked with well placed moments of energy and anger.

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Frances May - Love Sweep (Hive Sessions EP)
web:: http://www.myspace.com/francesmaymusic

 

Paper the Operator
I think the reason I delayed so long on reviewing Paper the Operator’s newest LP, Goodbye God, is the simple fact the record darts all over the map so it’s hard to get a feel for what they are trying to do. They have moments of Nada Surf power pop (Lefty Lucy or I Get Around) nestled alongside synth heavy freakouts (The Pendelum and acoustic piano ballads (It’s a Miracle). That’s not to say the album feels disjointed per say, I just get into the moments when the band focuses more on the head nodding riffs - like the infectious Laundrolux - that are bulked up with feedback as opposed to full songs of frantic pace and chaos.

 

But lets be fair; Paper the Operator has the chops to deliver slice after slice of power pop to keep you pogo-ing across the dance floor. I know you need to change pace and switch it up like David Silver rapped about back in the day, but when this trio starts breaking off straight-ahead poppy riffs, they are hard to deny.

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Paper the Operator - I Get Around
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papertheoperator» Blog Archive » Some reviews of Goodbye God April 19th, 2010 at 8:52 am

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