Easy New Jersey Pop camped in Brooklyn with a hilarious video where despite a good song you simply stop listening to consider the horse – and it’s as beautiful a horse as it’s absurd in its starring role. Darling is the first release and opening track from their latest album In Mind released in March.
Looking like escapees from an underground island S.P.E.C.T.R.E. factory, this is the band’s fourth studio album and the first since the departure of lead guitarist and founding member Matt Mondanile. The line-up has original members Martin Courtney on guitar/vocals and Alex Bleeker on bass since 2009 with drummer Jackson Pollis since 2011 and keyboardist Matt Kallman since 2013 augmented with new guitarist Julian Lynch.
Soft vocals sounding something like an American Teenage Fan Club, especially on songs like Two Arrows. They love a clean arpeggio in this band, weaving two guitars together for a sparkling tapestry that focuses on this blend and avoids over soloing and when they do break out as they do on White Light it’s controlled ironic fuzz. On the final track, Saturday, they release another solo but it always has to be slightly weird, no room for token virtuosity here.
REM, Semisonic, Sixpence None The Richer, Woods and a whole lot of early eighties English bands like The Sundays and Felt and the aforementioned Teenage Fan Club have you twitching comfortably, decidedly unthreatened by the world at large – and why not.