By Kenny McMurtrie
October 07, 2013
Now a part of Jack White’s Third Man Records stable, after a number of releases via Sub Pop, Kelley Stoltz’s latest album is pitched somewhere between the garage sound of 2010’s To Dreamers and its predecessor Circular Sounds’ lighter weight material.
That’s not though to say that there’s not some bite in the material herein. The title track, for one example, has a nice bit of that to it in a kind of power pop vein featuring oddly askew backing vocals that bring to mind the earlier REM material, along with a gunning, repetitive guitar part that adds a pleasant sensation of urgency and track number seven, ‘Marcy’, conjures up latter day Elvis Costello. ‘Inside My Head’, meanwhile, delves into a more laidback and jangly headspace, which is further expanded by ‘Kim Chee Taco Man’, the video for which we tweeted around a month ago but felt inclined to include here again as it’s a treat to watch.
Stoltz recorded the album in his garage, albeit there’s no lack of equipment in there to enable that and the place has been named Electric Duck Studios & is utilised by a few other artists & bands. There’s a relaxed air throughout the record though that is very much I expect due to his having the freedom to work at his own pace in his own space.
Over the course of these ten tracks Stoltz manages to cover a number of bases but the unifying principle of the work is one of a good time being had by all, listeners and performers alike without a single downbeat song amongst the bunch and in fact many that reveal more and more special interludes upon each fresh listen (blink and you’ll miss that flute solo on ‘Around Your Face’. Or whatever the aural equivalent of a blink is). A performer at the top of his game.