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Chairs in the Arno

File Folder

(Mushpot; US: 9 Oct 2007; UK: Available as import)

Chairs in the Arno are like freshmen starting college: They’re naïve, they don’t quite know how to fit in, and they’re filled to the brim with good intentions. Their debut album, File Folder, is enough to tell us as much. Still, despite the awkwardness and the not-quite-developed sense of personal style, File Folder is a fun, endearing little synthpop album that’ll be good for anyone in the mood to listen to Casios and Korgs for a half an hour. There’s even a song dedicated to a Casio that happens to be the disc’s best—though the Casio in the song is actually a badass little calculator that has the answers to this week’s math test. Quirky as the words are, however, it’s the synths in this song that take center stage, climbing up into oblivion in a happy instrumental pre-chorus that’ll have you bouncing in place uncontrollable. “Size Thirty” is another cute little song about whether a guy is too skinny or not, while opener “I Never Loved You Anyways” gets the disc off to a misleading start with a breakup song that’s equal parts regretful and caustic. Though the music never approaches the inventiveness of the band’s name (the story behind which is kind of hilarious in its obviousness) it’s earnest, catchy, and fun.

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Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.


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