Since their debut release in 2000, Philadelphia’s The Trolleyvox have adhered to an album-every-third-year cycle that has seen them grow dramatically. Now, however, the power-pop group really means business. Hot on the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed The Karaoke Meltdowns comes an impressive two-CD set (separate if you opt to download) which feels neither rushed or stretched for strong, original material (the 22-song set’s sole cover is The Who’s “Our Love Was”).
The package is split between a completely acoustic disc, Lucerne, made up of 12 haunting folk tunes (five of which are instrumentals, with founding member Andrew Chalfen on guitar occasionally accompanied by guest celloist Eve Miller). The second disc is a meaty, full-band album, Your Secret Safe, which blends crunching power chords, regimental drum beats and a psych-folk-rock guitar-swirl all wrapped around Beth Filla’s beautifully serene lead vocals. It’s the latter disc which provides the more memorable cuts, with standouts such as the catchy rocker “Rabbit In the Sun” and the reverberating Byrdsy 12-string jangle of “Jean Jacket”—simply overwhelming the hushed, Nick-Drake-style tones of the former.
Your Secret Safe/Luzerne
(Transit of Venus)
US: 2 Oct 2007
UK: Available as import
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong online. Please consider a donation to support our work as an independent publisher devoted to the arts and humanities. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where advertising no longer covers our costs. We need your help to keep PopMatters publishing. Thank you.
// Sound Affects
"Natalie Hemby's Puxico is a standout debut from a songwriter who has been behind the scenes for over a decade.READ the article