Wednesday, June 25, 2008
CD Review: Low-Fi - Where You Are
Low-Fi - Where You Are
Low-Fi is a Boise, Idaho based power trio with a unique sound. (Imagine REM with chutzpah). Where You Are is an exercise in nuance and subtlety, mixing jangly, mellow-guitar pop with smart lyrics and a keen sense of musical phrasing (there's a phrase you don't often hear in Indie Rock).
The energy is high throughout Where You Are, even on the slower songs. Highlights include War, 1957, and Where You Are. Where You Are is perhaps my favorite song on the album. Other tracks to check out are Goin' On, Overtime, and The Darkness. The tie that binds all of these tunes together is the tremendous sense of musicality of Low-Fi. Build in the expressive singing and asymmetric guitar work of Todd Sloan; the killer rhythm section of Josh Gilmore and Mike Rundle and some wonderfully written tunes, and you get a must-have CD.
Where You Are is the sort of album that helps a band build a following. It's not flashy or trashy or any of the other gimmicks that bands try, it's just great music.
Rating: 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)
You can learn more about Low-Fi at www.myspace.com/lowfirocks. You can purchase a copy of Where You Are at www.cdbaby.com/lowfi.