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Seattle's Throw Me the Statue, the brainchild of Scott Reitherman, has received rave reviews from a variety of sources, and their debut album is more proof that this band has got a unique and infectious sound. Full of fuzzy synths, guitar and vocal melodies, and the addition of a couple horn ensembles, Moonbeams delivers it all.
The album waxes and wanes from poppy keyboards to melancholy self-reflection to the point that each song stands alone, independent from the others. The varied slate spotlights the strong lyrical voice, woven throughout each song and possessing imagery and linguistic contradictions that seem radioed in from outer space with timeless themes (girls, love, drinking, loss).
The standout "About to Walk," a nice little number full of the above mentioned fuzzy synths and dreamy melodies, begins with "My favorite space is a palindrome, where I tuck in a cannon ball, and I never have to share, and nobody can see," and "After that the evening goes, they were only there to break my toes." I think this song is about walking away from shame, but in a dreamstate that leaves nothing apparent, where ideas and images float around and can change unexpectedly.
"Lolita," the infectious single, is obviously more transparent but shares the same bouncing beats and reverb-laden blips. Its infectious melody and lyrics will probably make it the best-loved song from the album and it has already gotten a few top reviews around the internet. Another must is "Yucatan Gold" — a twisty tale enhanced by electro beats and simple rhymes. It recalls a sense of the offbeat early Deerhoof, its sound and lyrics woven together through the overall story of lost love and revenge.
I loved the fuzzy synths and spaced out lyrics of Moonbeams and it's definitely worth checking out.