Wordless Wonder is the long awaited full length from Real Numbers. It follows up a pair of 12″ EPs on Three Dimensional Records, a single on Florida’s Dying, and recent appearances on cassettes from Forged Artifacts and No Problem. Tenderly crafted by Matt Castore at his St. Paul, MN studio A Harder Commune from late 2015 to early 2016, it is presented here on Slumberland Records for your enjoyment. Members of the band include Eli Hansen (Cozy, Boys Club, Retainers) on vocals and guitars, John Eggerman (Cozy, Private Interests, Mystery Date) on bass, and James Blackfield (France Camp, Nice Purse) on drums. The addition of full time lead guitar player Ian Nygaard (Nice Purse, Howler) reveals a much fuller sound while maintaining the band’s trademark DIY simplicity. As for the songs… The three chords of “Falling Out” sparkle with layered melodies reinforcing the poignant tale of an embarrassed boy having to explain to his parents why he fell out of a car. Other contemplative topics include the Television Personalities’ fall from John Peel’s good graces, 60’s biker flicks and a Welshman’s infidelity. Throughout the album, happy harmonies intermingle with sadness-laced larks. The title track, an introspective meta-composition about the frustrations of lyrical penmanship, rewards the astute listener with light pleasantries.
YEA-MING AND THE RUMOURS
“The songs on Yea-Ming and the Rumours’ debut album, “I Will Make You Mine,” are some of the sweetest, sunniest ’60s-evoking folk-pop you’ll hear — except for the dark, even menacing bits that unexpectedly peek out of shadows that you might not even have noticed. “Gunshots ring out on the street,” the Bay Area native Yea-Ming Chen sings in the middle of the otherwise bubbly opener, “Where Did Our Moment Go,” a little pathetic fallacy of the lost moment. “Don’t Be Mean” holds some anxious fear in its rebuke. “When You Were Young” isn’t so much nostalgic as disillusioned. And in that context, it’s hard to see the determination of the title song — the bounciest, bubbliest of the bunch — as not having an element of threat, even before you hear the lyrics describe post-one-night-stand obsession. Somehow it’s perfect that this is only available, at first at least, in formats old (cassette, via Burger Records) and digital (via Bandcamp), wittingly or otherwise representing the mix of past sounds and current attitudes. But don’t mistake the latter for cynicism or snark, or even irony. It’s observation and reflection, recognition that conflicting ideas and emotions coexist.” – KQED Arts
THE OILIES are a bay area pop band, formed in the summer of 2016 by Carly Putnam (Art Museums, The Mantles, Reds, Pinks & Purples, Michael O) Britta Leijonflycht (Reds, Pinks & Purples) Stanley Martinez (Rays, The World, Violent Change, Beatniks) and Kevin Walker (Dashing Sons, Legs, Michael O). Their unwieldy delivery and melancholic jangle reference bands such as The Go-Betweens and Marine Girls.