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Most charming album title sentiment: Softlightes: 'Say No! To Being Cool, Say Yes! To Being Happy'

I don't know a whole lot about Californian band Softlightes other than that they're Californian. Oh, and they're on Modular Records, home of the Avalanches. Their record this year, with the unwieldy but actually-kinda-cool title, was pretty. Low-key, restrained, but stellar. Sometimes it's a little precious ('If the World had Cookies') but enjoyable all the way through. There's a pretty untitled duet ('Untitled Duet #3'), an all-out summer stormer ('Heart Made of Sound'), one about John Lennon's death ('Leanor and Me') and a song called 'The Robots in my Bedroom were Playing Arena-Rock'. It reminds me a bit of the Postal Service, but with more instrumentation, less computers, and less irritating lyrics. This little album may have passed many people by, but it's well worth looking out for, it'll leave you feeling happy.

[download Softlightes -The Microwave Song]

[Softlightes myspace - hear their Christmas song!]
[buy 'Say No!... US / UK]


Andrew said...

I liked Heart Made of Sound the best - the video is stunning.

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