Album number seven under the Crushed Stars banner sees Dallas-based Todd Gautreau branching out a bit. A drummer is employed full-time to complement Gautreau’s plaintive guitars and deep, rich crooning. The result is that “Flowerbomb” sounds just like New Order, and the relatively noisy “Haters” skirts Jesus & Mary Chain territory. These tracks work better than the forced electronic elements of “Our Interest in Claire” or “Poppies”. Still, Gautreau really stands out when he’s doing melancholy, thoughtful dreampop, as on the gorgeous “This Happens Every Time”. Most definitely, this is the soundtrack to those idyllic, sunlit young lovers on the cover.
- Flowerbomb SoundCloud
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.
// Notes from the Road
"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.READ the article