Throw Me The Statue is officially a band, now that the project has grown from the one-man bedroom-pop stylings of Scott Reitherman to include drummer Jarred Grimes and multi-instrumentalists Aaron Goldman and Charlie Smith. And, while the production work of Phil Ek (The Shins, Built To Spill, Band Of Horses) has helped integrate the new players and enhance the sound, this sophomore effort still contains a lot of the quirky charm of it’s predecessor, Moonbeams.
But there is a duality of sorts at play on Creaturesque. On the one hand the syncopated and fuzzy synth beats and short, quirky guitar bursts are edgy and unique and push the envelope toward neo-psychedelic indie-rock. “Waving At The Shore”, “Ancestors” and “Snowshoes” are all good examples of how the band blend the right elements into a swirling and catchy mix that can stand next to the music of Deerhunter, Of Montreal (although a bit less schizoid) and Peter Bjorn and John, while standout “Hi-Fi Goon” employs some slick Built To Spill-like guitar lines in a short but snappy rocker. Other times though, TMTS play it safe and seem complacent to spit out mediocre dream-pop with misplaced, falsetto vocals.
Creaturesque is filled with sophisticated, bedroom-style indie-rock that maintains a fuzzy, back porch charm while showing flashes of art-school savvy. The naive melodies are adorned with blotches of beats, hazy keyboards and snappy streaks of guitars in subtly shifting arrangements.
It makes for some delightfully fetching quirk-rock when it’s all clicking, but there are also moments when the songs never quite develop this alchemy and fizzle into the mist, albeit a fine cool mist on a bright, sunshiny day.
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