Givers - In Light
Record Label: Glass Note Music
Release Date: June 7, 2011
You're sitting on your porch basking in the sunlight; a cool breeze hits your face at that perfect moment. Itís exactly what listening to Givers feels like. They are the band that is destined to blow up because of their catchy, flowery indie pop.
They really are exceptionally talented and a blast to see live. Every member plays a number of different instruments on the album and live. The instruments are rarely conventional, like a bucket of wood shavings with a tambourine on the side. The infectious movement and the letting go of reality -- while making faces that rival Andy Sandberg -- make this band what it is.
The first track, "Up, Up, Up," gives the listener a good perspective on what they will hear for the next 50 minutes: catchy indie pop with an African twist. The dual vocals featuring a male and a female have been done before, but it still sounds just as good. Neither Kirby nor Tiffany has awe-inspiring voices. However, they make up for it with passion and emotion.
Nearly all of the songs follow the same formula (starting off with hush vocals and a simpler beat). Then progressively upping the tempo and throwing more instruments into the mix. The rhythm and melody are easily the highlight of each song, creating an airy layered sound.
Lyrics on the record, however, are nothing better than a pop song. It's happy, fun-loving and youthful. It lacks any real depth and usually repeats the same line repeatedly. When everything comes together, the climatic endgame of each song is insanely satisfying, and you won't be able to stop from tapping your feet or maybe even fully busting a move.
I'm not sure this record will stay on my iPod for much longer because the "WINTER IS COMING!" This is a really happy-go-lucky summer record, and I can't imagine listening to it any time other than summer.