Saturday, September 6, 2008

Earlimart - Treble & Tremble [2004]

"Elliott Smith tribute is excellent"

The breathy vocals and wistful, introspective songwriting of Earlimart lead singer Aaron Espinoza are the focal point of TREBLE & TREMBLE, the band's fourth album.

Espinoza's allegiance to the indie-folk-rock of the late Elliott Smith is readily ... Full Descriptionapparent, but Earlimart fills its frontman's songs with enough lush, atmospheric pop to keep the record distinctive and engaging.

Moreover, Earlimart's sound is often anchored by a steady groove (one that sometimes recalls late-period Velvet Underground), so that tunes like "Sounds" are propelled as much by a chugging rhythm as by moody melodicism.

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