Celilo

Buoy Bell

by David Maine

30 October 2011

 
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Celilo

Buoy Bell

(Self-released)
US: Import
UK: 29 Aug 2011

Celilo are another in a long line of bands playing languid, gauzy, reverb-drenched songs that aim for a certain laid-back appeal. They often succeed, but to what end? A few of the tunes on Buoy Bell, like “Baroque Blues” and “Axis” are memorable, but many others roll off without making much impression. The back half of the album, especially, passes by in a monochrome blur even after repeated listens.  The news isn’t all dire. As mentioned, “Baroque Blues” sticks in the mind with its angsty vocals and bouncing melody, while “Axis” transforms its guitar-strummer opening to an edgier, faintly menacing crescendo. All told, though, there’s just not enough going on here to make these tunes stand out from the indie-rock-folk pack.

Buoy Bell

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