Cosmic American Music from Oklahoma City.
“A wave of power pop tones that follows a lineage that begins with Fifth Dimension and Younger Than Yesterday-era Byrds. This was a band so clearly locked into the world of Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark, and successors Alex Chilton, Mitch Easter, and Peter Buck. A world that I had a shared affinity for, so much so that when lead-singer Tim Buchanan announced their last song, adding “it’s a cover of a cover,” I knew it was just a matter of which McGuinn interpretation of a Dylan song he was referring to. It was “My Back Pages” and I was hooked. Saccharine is chock full of powerful hooks, gorgeous harmonies, and tonally perfect guitar playing. “Cool Rush” and “Through The Walls” are ideal summer pop gems, infectious and densely layered. Jangly guitars sit atop lap steel and textured acoustic tracks. There’s a lushness that comes through the speakers and several points of focus to reward attentive headphone listening. Multi-part harmonies shine throughout Saccharine. Two, sometimes three voices work to accompany Buchanan and accent his mood to thrilling effect. No song on the record benefits more from these harmonies than the minimalist “Horrible World.” The song features a single acoustic guitar track, some handclaps, and Buchanan and company repeating the phrase “horrible world that will get you down.” Saccharine is marked by Buchanan’s melancholic introspection. It’s an outlook that comes with its share of bleakness, but the record is filled proclamations of joy and appreciation. – Post Trash
Byrds-y country rock from the Appleton, WI Tenement camp
“Rays borrow from various strains of late-70s and early-80s postpunk, with a dash of numb scratchiness complementing their herky-jerky riffs. The clanging, clambering guitars often surge and stumble in and out of the loose, almost sloppy grooves, but they always take me along for the ride.” – Chicago Reader