The Fly Seville – Carousel

The Fly Seville

Ah, it’s taken me so long to review The Fly Seville. The main reason is that this album usually plays on my turntable about 10:30 at night, when I turn the lights down and just relax or write. This music makes me feel surprisingly good. It’s the kind of indie rock that would have felt relevant 10 or 20 years ago as well as today, making it timeless and amazing.
What makes The Fly Seville’s music unique? This band plays a light but textured style of indie rock that flows immaculately, with pristine guitar and soft, textured drums, accompanied by violin. Jesse Blatz’s vocals are both crisp and soothing, flowing along with some of the better pop singers, somehow able to impart just enough feeling to let you be a part of the song. These songs have a feel of 60’s pop combined with a modern sound for something that’s completely unique and wonderful.
“Stonewall” kicks things off light and bouncy, with just hints of a 60’s pop feel combined with a light indie rock feel, some excellent guitar and soft violin. And it works nicely with the second track, “The Taj Mahal of America,” which should be this band’s biggest hit. This song is both beautiful and infectious, and you’re bound to sing along. But it’s on “Mainly on the Plains” where Blatz’s vocals really shines. His voice is just slightly personal and perfectly inflected, taking this song far beyond simple pop pleasure. The combined vocals, keyboards, and layered pop sound on “Yeager” sounds especially 60’s, and I defy you to listen to “Shiny Sweet” without swaying along to the subtle groove. The band shows they know how to rock on “Cosmonauts,” the electric guitars really ripping it up over an underlying keyboard atmosphere.
There’s hints of the Byrds in “Carousel,” and the vocals are just incredible and moving. The keyboards on “The Second Half,” along with the more sly, subtle vocals create a much more laid-back effect, and you want to snap your fingers along with the groove before the band even starts to. The band picks things up again with “Kick It,” this one sounding more modern and probably the strongest indie rock track here. “Unspeakable Things” is definitely the slowest track and probably the most introspective, with the violin adding a nice flow throughout and the drums keeping it from getting too laid back. And the album finishes with the popping and grooving “Waiting for the Governor,” all with a sweet beat and rhythm.
It took The Fly Seville two years to release their first album, and in the time they mastered their sound, combining equal elements of sparkling 60s and 70s pop with a modern rock sound. Now they’re at work on their second album, which, if this one is any indication, is bound to be a classic. Don’t wait, because this one is too good to pass up. Sometimes soft and sweet, sometimes outright rocking, this music is brilliant.