Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Album Review: Quichenight II

Title:  Quichenight II (Sturdy Girls Records, BandCamp (Sturdy Girls), BandCamp (Quichenight), Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Quichenight (Official, Facebook, BandCamp, SoundCloud, Last.fm, ReverbNation)

Hailing from Nashville, TN, Quichenight plays lo-fi power pop indie rock in the vein of The Beatles and Guided By Voices.  The band’s sophomore full-length Quichenight II is a collection of fun and catchy power pop gems that harken back to the pop of the 1960s.  What really stands out to me on Quichenight II is the bass guitar.  Throughout the record, the bass drives the songs in a very Clash-like fashion.  What’s also is unique about this record is how understated it is; the vocals, guitars, and drums are all sparse and low key.  The result is an almost lazy feel (lazy in the lounging-on-a-hot-summer-day not the doesn’t-bother-to-get-up-and-do-anything kind of way).  I’d like to see what Quichenight would sound like unhinged and just going for it full throttle, but the band does what they do very well and Quichenight II is an accomplished power pop record that should appeal to fans of the genre and fans of lo-fi indie rock like Pavement, Sebadoh, and the aforementioned Guided By Voices.  

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