Silversun Pickups
"Carnavas"

(Dangerbird Records 2006)Silversun Pickups - Carnavas

Almost passive aggressive in their style, the Silversun Pickups are so mellow and laid back that they almost completely fly under the radar with "Carnavas." The band is so unassuming and unpretentious that it makes it difficult to resist the ever changing instrumentation which keeps things interesting and their sweet melodies as they sneak up on you.

The Silversun Pickups' light melodies are seemingly weightless as they set you bouncing on your heels. The soft sound of "Lazy Eye" mingles with still edgy guitar riffs while the memorable opening track, "Melatonin," floats in a buzzing cloud of instrumentation. The steady and evenhanded "Little Lover's So Polite" becomes one of the album's most memorable and infectious tracks.

Elsewhere on "Carnavas," the Silversun Pickups let themselves go, letting harder riffs, like on "Well Thought Out Twinkles," add the extra emphasis while still maintaining their sweet and engaging melodies. The band's sleepy sound pulses with a feeling of anticipation for the low key "Checkered Floor" before waking up for the darker "Future Foe Scenarios" which seethes with energy as feedback cuts through the throbbing melodies and solid drumbeats. By the end of the album, the Silversun Pickups have warmed up as guitars buzzing frames the endearing "Common Reactor."

Throughout "Carnavas," the Silversun Pickups lead listeners on, keeping up an atmosphere of anticipation that sends an unexplained excitement through each song. While the band's debut EP, "Pikul" only hinted at what was to come, "Carnavas" puts the whole picture together for a clear and defined result.

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