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Review: Little Tybee – For Distant Viewing

10 Apr

Little Tybee

From the moment the violin swept in on the title track of Little Tybee’s third album, For Distant Viewing, we knew it was something we were about to fall in love with. Like label mates, Conveyor, the Little Tybee crew have a clear and rousing enthusiasm for sound, how it moves and how it works, though their approach is perhaps a little more conventional than the Brooklynites. Elements of folk, pop, country, jazz and even some bossa nova all marble and swirl as one across the 11 tracks of this hook-laden album.

After opening with some delightful, occasional tropical sounding, jazzy folk sounds, we are treated to four minutes of swooshing instrumentalism, laced with gentle prog-rock sensibilities on “Fantastic Planet”. “Herman” drips with aquatic, almost sonar style elements that complement the rich string orchestration before, seemingly out of no-where, dropping in a surprising moment of grinding reverb. It is as unexpected as it is perfect, but it remains the only fleeting moment of rough with the otherwise very smooth.

For Distant Viewing inculcates a care free attitude in its listener. Soothing, heavenly strings entwine with Brock Scott’s rich and slightly sweet vocals as they lick flame like around the rat-a-tat of percussion and the light twang of guitar. It feels fresh at every listen, as if it has just been conceived, improvised, jammed. It is an album that will make you smile, make you sway and hell, maybe even kick off your shoes and have a little shuffle.

Named after an island off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, the music of Little Tybee has a sun kissed feel, not bleached out and surf swept, but bright and breezy. Part Vampire Weekend, part Simon and Garfunkel, perhaps even part Juan Zelada (for they have his charm in their song writing), it is like a glorious summer’s day, it is to be revelled in.

’For Distant Viewing’ is out now on Paper Garden Records and can be ordered, along with other Little Tybee goodies, here.

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In Review: Conveyor – Conveyor

16 Jul

Conveyor is a band. We know this because their website says so, but frankly, that’s where conventional classification starts and stops. Born in Florida but now residing in the musical hotbed of Brooklyn, these four guys (Timothy John Masters, Evan Michael Garfield, G Alan Busch Jr and Michael Ryan Pedron) are playing with music like no-one else at the moment.

Following last year’s debut EP, the excellent Sun Ray, could have proved tricky for some, but Conveyor more than matches its shorter, elder brother, Interestingly, the band chose to write much of the album whilst recording rather than go in with their songs almost fully formed and ready. It’s an approach that clearly works, allowing them to capture ideas and follow their evolution. The album feels not only organic and cohesive as a result, but alive, tentacles of pop melodies, tribal drums, harmonies and layer upon layer of sumptuous noise creeping out, feeling its way into your soul.

It’s clear that these guys love sound; that might appear to be a flippant comment but it’s a quality that must not be dismissed lightly. Throughout the album, they take and manipulate sound, bending, shaping and twisting it until it feels just right. On first listen it may appear that these sounds are quickly discarded so they may play with another, veering off on a sonic tangent heading for who knows where. Listen again and you’ll not only wonder how they could have gone anywhere else, but you’ll hear the bubbling undercurrent of that which they left behind, echoing through the hills and valleys of this new soundscape. On Conveyor, sound begets sound.

This is perfectly encapsulated within the sublime “Right Sleep”, which itself moves through at least three distinct phases. Seamlessly blending from infectious indie pop to near a capella vocal harmonies and on to a dramatic, vibrating instrumental, all of which is immediately followed by the mariachi-esque “Mom Talk”. Sounds bonkers right? It totally works.

If all that feels a bit too experimental, arty and off-putting for you, fear not. This is not a difficult album to enjoy, far from it, loving Conveyor is easy to do. Choruses are as catchy as a childhood virus and just as difficult to shake; “Short Hair” in particular is immune to vaccination and will live within your head for weeks. As will the aforementioned “Mom Talk”; we never thought we would be singing along with lyrics like “Hey Mom,/Hey Mom/Hey Mom/Hey Mom/Hey Mom/Hey Mom/What do you want to talk about today?” but we do each and every time the album is on.

It would be easy to dismiss these two tracks as being out of keeping with the remainder of the record but in actuality they are very much an extension of this sonic embrace. Throughout Conveyor disparate patterns of sound and light are forged and the vocals are an essential element. Here, you can imagine them around a fire on a beach, singing and entertaining, elsewhere, on “Reach”, “Mukraker” and “All” for example, they are another aspect of the sound, layer upon multi-faceted layer intertwine, pitch and sprawl like a barbershop-quartet on acid.

Conveyor is a bold and confident debut album from a band that isn’t afraid to let the music lead them. The sounds are intricate and complex yet feel so simple and inviting, playful yet intense. It’s quite an achievement from a band so young and one that many other bands would not have had either the inclination or conviction to attempt, but as we know, Conveyor is not like other bands.

Conveyor is out tomorrow (17 July) via Paper Garden records. You can pre-order the album here on clear vinyl, CD or digitally.

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In Their Own Words: Conveyor on Conveyor / Listen: New Conveyor Single – “Mane” / Watch/Listen: Conveyor – “Right Sleep” / Listen: Conveyor preview new single, “Mukraker” / EPs Of The Year

In Their Own Words: Conveyor on Conveyor.

5 Jul

Like most of the internet, we fell in love with the sound of Conveyor when we stumbled across their Sun Ray EP towards the end of last year. Such was the impression that it made, it headed up our EPs of 2011 feature and since then the band has been going from strength to strength. Since the turn of the year they have been drip feeding us layer upon layer of sonic sumptuousness via the medium of three new tracks, all building to the release of their debut LP, the eponymously named Conveyor.

With an extremely successful launch show in the bag, the band are now touring North America to promote what could well be one of the most ear-opening albums of the year. Before they set off, we asked them to give us an insight into each of the eleven tracks on the album, and tell us a bit about what they mean and where they come from. So here, in their own words, are Conveyor on Conveyor.

1. Woolgatherer
Strands of neurons are soaked in a chemical dye and then gathered together to be braided on a loom made from collected dead tree branches. The result is a tether used to hoist piles of asthmatic brains out of a primordial pit.

2. Two Davids
Two distinct men with the same name reach similar conclusions regarding extra-sensory influences on lifelong personality traits.

3. Mane
Flipping and flopping despite foregone conclusions is paired with an intense urge to be overridden, overtaken, and forced into blissful submission by a cervical grip.

4. Short Hair
A heavy-handed metaphor for the importance of timeliness in strategic life decisions, but: after all, it grows back anyway, right?

5. Reach
A proposed theoretical model on coming to terms with predilections towards unreliable idealizations of people, places, things.

6. Homes
“This is one of the Earth’s last great places,” is what the sign said, at least, well not “said” but “read,” I guess, and above anything else we were confident that it was telling the truth.

7. Right Sleep
Various wavelengths of light prod differently at arousal levels of biological systems and preempt sympathetic responses like anxiety, nervousness, worry. A light-absorbent compound coats the inside of a lampshade and mulls it all over while I sleep, softly and safely.

8. Mom Talk
A dilemma in which significant conversation inevitably begs the question: how much information is too much information? One suggested solution is shifting the responsibility of conversation to the other party.

9. Mukraker
Adolescent self-doubt manifests in the form of a dialog between two close partners.

10. All
A new mantra for the foundation of healthy and happy relationships between friends, families, lovers.

11. Anne
Declarations of surety give way to a pensive come-down, all twisted stomachs and wobbly heads on rubber necks, worn out phrases tumbling out of bone-dry mouths, ankles swollen, faces red: from sun or supposition??

Conveyor is out on 17 July via Paper Garden records. You can pre-order the album here on clear vinyl, CD or digitally. Come back next week for our full review.