The tandem of Reid Johnson and Kathyrn Johnson pull off harmonies that would fare well compared to the likes of Luna, as Schooner rarely straddles from what works.
Some albums seem to attract listeners from the get-go whereas others take quite a few times to warm up to even a handful of tracks. Schooner tends to lean towards the former with the simple “Carrboro” that sounds like a catchy Velvet Underground B-side. The tandem of Reid Johnson and Kathyrn Johnson pull off harmonies that would fare well compared to the likes of Luna. Meanwhile, the doo-wop flavored “Pray for You to Die” is deadpanned rather solidly in terms of delivery. Although there are a few pieces that are basically interludes, songs like the majestic “Tears in Your Ears”, the country-tinged “Leaving in Your Room”, and “Married” are finely and delicately crafted. Yet another highlight has to be the poppy, spring-in-your-step feel oozing from “They Always Do”. Schooner rarely straddles from what works, especially on the shuffling, melancholic “Hospital Floor” and the rather tender “Ladybug” which sounds a bit like The Arcade Fire.