My Teenage Stride, Softlightes...

by PopMatters Staff

12 January 2007

 

My Teenage Stride
To Live and Die in the Airport Lounge [MP3]
Terror Bends [MP3]

“At just under 40 minutes, Ears Like Golden Bats gathers a collection of captivation guitar pop gems that manage to combine fatalism with not-yet-defeated hope, which seems to be an inherent quality of many of Smith’s compositions. The references to Phil Spector, the Jesus & Mary Chain, and Television Personalities are still present in well-crafted and immediate tracks like “We’ll Meet at Emily’s”, “That Should Stand for Something”, and “Terror Bands”. They’re hook-laden songs that will have you humming all day long—you might clap your hands or snap your fingers too. Songs like “Reversal” or “Genie of New Jersey” and “To Live and Die in the Airport Lounge” expand on those influences, sounding more atmospheric, reminiscent of the Chills and the pop side of John Cale and Brian Eno.”—Becalmed Records

My Teenage Stride—They Are Alone in Their Principles

Softlightes
Girl Kills Bear (Lo-Fi-Fnk) [MP3]

Softlightes—Heart Made of Sound

Born Ruffians
Hedonistic Me [MP3]

Call Me Lightning
Billion Eyes [MP3]

Aerogramme
Dreams and Bridges [MP3]

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