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Wednesday, April 4, 2007


I realize that I am totally in love with just about anything that comes out of my future home of Austin but today I have Peel, a band that is more than worthy of such admiration.  The group was created as a three-piece pop outfit in 2004 but didn't form its six-piece lineup that it currently has now until about a year after they started making their special blend of pop music.  Now, just a few short years later Peek-A-Boo Records have released the band's self titled debut album and even though I have only heard the two songs below it seems to be quite an accomplishment.  What better way to get over hump day than with some smartly made pop music that will undoubtedly place a big fat huge smile on your face?  Enjoy.

:Peel - Sliding Doors:  On occasion I come across songs that make me want to hold hands with my friends in a circle and sing.  Yeah, that is one of the cheesiest things ever and it is a weird feeling to have but this is one of those songs.  The arrangement feels a little messy with a slightly fuzzed out sound but it is a nice compliment to some great vocal work that feels like an inspired Band Of Horses track.  Excuse me as I start living the right way with Peel constantly playing in the background.

:Peel - Navy Waves:  I think that the song above is as stellar as it gets but this one is no slouch.  I absolutely love the amount of energy that is constantly being emitted from its crafty use of synth and hum-inducing vocals.  In fact slick is a good word to use when describing the overall sound but I should note that it isn't to the point where the only thought you have is how well the band cut and pasted generic pop overtones together.  These guys have clearly figured out how to place their stamp on indie pop.

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