Best Kept Secret is kind enough to release our tape: Pillows Out of Sweaters
"in their words, “it's like eating vanilla ice cream in your dark living room in the middle of the night…wearing your robe and your bedroom slippers…suddenly, you realize you're missing something or someone…and then you start humming a song”. To put it my way, Sid and Lei write the most candid and heartfelt bedroom pop that I have heard in a while."
You can buy it from Indiepages ^_^
April 15, 2005
Poi di troppa cuteness si può anche morire, ma per il momento a Sid e Lei la cosa non sembra importare.
From the italian zine, indiepop.it:
March 7, 2005
A tape review
Although the feeling of many of the songs is overtly cutesy bedroom pop, the Shmat could not help but feel happy listening to this tape by Under Shooting Stars. He had already heard one of their songs "Clouds Upon Clouds" from the excellent Humblebee compilation "Hey Where Did The Summer Go!" On their Pillows Out Of Sweaters cassette tape from Best Kept Secret, Sid and Lei alternate singing duties on these 7 intimate, hummable tunes. But lest you think these are lifeless bedroom ditties, they endeavor to make the songs sweetly upbeat with bouncy drum machine beats and dreamy, slightly-out-of-tune electric guitars.
"Sweater Weather" has a beat like an old Nintendo game machine along with whispered vocals by Lei. "Heart Shaped Poems" could be a Galaxie 500 song if you replaced Damon with a Boss Dr. Rhythm Section and Dean with David Bazan. One of the Shmat's favorite tunes on the album was "Smile Again" which takes a standard blues chord progression and mutates it into fun indie pop a la mode. The keyboards in the droning "Every Waking Moment" definitely reminds him of the duo Shoestrings. While the Shmat is talking about bands that Under Shooting Stars reminds him of, he might also mention that the overall tone and construction of certain songs feels similar to one of the Shmat bands, Light Sleeper. The Lucksmiths cover, "Untidy Towns" has some cool driving bass lines near the end along with that snappy snare beat. A lot of the lyrics seem to have something to do with sweaters… maybe it's chilly where they live? Or perhaps like sweaters, these songs are meant to comfort and reassure in a world that is growing slowly colder in tone day by day. In any case, if you need to brighten your morning, the Shmat thinks these songs are definitely worth taking a listen … that is, if you have a cassette player handy!
- review by SHMAT (2.27.05)
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