[7 December 2009]
The Inner Banks are one of those bands who clearly believes anything is possible. After all, within Songs From Disko Bay, the second full-length from this Brooklyn two-piece, are eight tracks which seem simple enough. But the Inner Banks call on a varied cast of ten different instrumentalists to accompany lead singer Caroline Schutz’s inspired tales of faraway places. From songs that could have begun on acoustic guitars, Schultz plus multi-instrumentalist and husband David Gould draw the sweeping beauty out of these simple songs and manage to create a textured, lush album. It bends with ease from pleasantly subdued acoustic psychedelia to rich, melodic orchestral pop. “Darling” stands as the couple’s best work; few tracks clocking in at six minutes featuring an array of strings could maintain such deft simplicity. Therein lies the secret and the beauty of Songs From Disko Bay.