Silversun Pickups – Carnavas

ARTIST: Silversun Pickups 220px-SSPU_Carnavas

TITLE:  Carnavas

YEAR RELEASED: 2006

CHART ACTION: #80 US, #5 US Indie, #161 UK

SINGLES: Lazy Eye (#102) (#5 US Alternative), Well Thought Out Twinkles (#9 US Alternate), Little Lover’s So Polite

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Future Foe Scenarios, Dream at Tempo 119 both got some airplay.

LINEUP: Brian Aubert, Nikki Monninger, Chirstopher Guanlao, Joe Lester.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Full length debut from Southern California band that combines several genres and make it their own.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The first thing I noticed was the guitar sound – which reminded me of the Smashing Pumpkins. But on closer reveal, the guitar also had elements of shoegaze and other elements of other movements in it. Plus the songs sound dreamier, a la the shoegazers.

This isn’t shoegaze though. It’s a unique sound. The lazy sounding vocals and distorted haze sound sleepy, but there’s a great buzz and somewhat of a joy to listen to. The melodies are seductive and worm their way into you head.

Some of the tracks get a bit long, but they all work. It’s a great debut; a new sound for the mid-00’s which desperately needed it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: “Lazy Eye” was used in a supermarket ad campaign in New Zealand.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Two bonus Japanese tracks.

GRADE: A: It’s a great record, and something the scene definitely needed (and still needs).

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