TL;DR Haiku Review:
“Upbeat doo-wop-core, is no ceiling, is no floor, you’ll want a beat down.”
Today we have “Boxing the Moonlight” by Mister Heavenly. You can find everything you need to know about the band here. To make a long intro short, M.H. includes Honus Honus of Man Man, a member of the Islands (and the Unicorns), and a member of Modest Mouse (and the Shins). (For the unitiated, be sure you catch Man Man live if and when they hit your town. I had the lucky fortune of seeing them in New Orleans and they will wear you out and simultaneously leave you wanting more.)
All together Mister Heavenly hits you with 11 tracks of really compelling music with “Boxing the Moonlight.” Right off the bat, you get “Beat Down,” which I like a lot. However, that song is not really representative of the M.H. sound on this album. Don’t get me wrong, the neo-mid-20th-century vibe is cool, but doo-wop-core (or whatever) is just the starting point with this band.
What makes M.H. special is the amount of experimentation within what may seem like straight forward indie-rock music. For every easy listening groove like “Crazy Love, Vol. III,” you will also get stand out tracks like “Hammer Drop,” “George’s Garden,” and the seemingly out of nowhere noise of “Dead Duck.” Personally, I really like the sorta-
For every easy listening groove like: “Makin’ Excuses” or “Crazy Love, Vol. III,” you will also get stand out tracks like “Hammer Drop,” “George’s Garden,” and the seemingly-out- of-nowhere noise and distortion in “Dead Duck.” Personally, if I had to choose a favorite, I really like the album’s closer, the sorta-psychadelic “Out of Time.” There is a melancholy beauty to it, listen for yourself to see if you agree.
If it wasn’t clear from the first three paragraphs, you should get out and buy this album in ALL the formats. Also, they are on tour now, don’t miss out if you can help it. I am going to try and catch them at the Casbah in San Diego next Friday myself.