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The M's

Real Close Ones

(Polyvinyl; US: 3 Jun 2008; UK: 2 Jun 2008)

Review [25.Jun.2008]

Chicago’s favorite retro-pop indie quartet, the M’s take another serious step towards being a true career band with their third self-produced record and second for the always dependable Polyvinyl. Real Close Ones is every bit the trip 2006’s Future Women was and given the benefit of a couple extra years of maturity. The result is not so much an homage to the Kinks as their previous works were often likened but a wealth of classy Americana fueled psychedelia. Album highlight “Naked” has a slower “Coconut” (Harry Nilsson) beat and what sounds like a dice game doubling up for shakers, supporting a well-delivered message that “there ain’t nothing wrong with being naked as long as you’re not alone.” They have convinced me it’s creepy to be bare-assed in the company of zero. The short zipper samples are a nice touch. That track is reason enough to cop this record, let alone the fact these guys are only getting better at their craft throughout the work. They’re real close to an indie rock classic.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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