Sholi don't try too hard... and that's a very good thing. They could easily overproduce their songs to make them more anthemic. Singer Payam Bavafa could try to over-sing to sound more like Jeff Buckley, and everything could just sound too "too". Instead, their restraint is refreshing, as they seem to be an adventurous band with one foot planted firmly in strait-forward indie rock. This dynamic has created a record that is both ambitious and complex, yet it's also one that will win you over easily as you keep reaching for it, even if you are not entirely sure why.
Recommended If You Like:
Sunny Day Real Estate, Pinback, Aloha, unconventional drumming a la Jim White, dissonance that always resolves itself beautifully, albums with killer last tracks (The Bends, Achtung Baby...).
kids way too young to be making music this accomplished.
an afternoon buzz.
Terry Gross... you know, Fresh Air.
Listen to When:
in the car on the way to work in the morning.
Vinyl the Cat Says:
NOTE: Vinyl has refused to respond this week because we just trimmed her claws, so she has mounted a non-violent protest.