The Soundscapes - Freestyle Family
Draw that line why don't you? Somewhere between melodic and contagious upbeat and simplistic plain indie rock. Its a lot harder than it sounds, and that is what I am faced with when reviewing one of Brooklyn, NY's recent import (Brazil) band of brothers The Soundscapes. While their debut release titled "Freestyle Family" refers to a much more electronic sound, their music tasteful and pleasant to relax to as background music. But does it have teeth?
Though most of the tracks sit in almost generic comfrotability, back to back songs, "(We're All Made Of) Star Stuff" and "You Are Love" have the most identity and sense of individuality. "You Are Love" is persistent progressively written and arranged with a stand out vocal performance that is seemingly more heart-ful than others on the release.
Plenty of the tracks are more than ripe enough for College radio, and even late night indie shows from all over the web, but after 3 full listens as much as I'd like to give it a go ahead for unique qualities separating themselves from the rest of the Lo-Fi indie community, it just seems to be missing something. That's not to say I wont be keeping an ear out for any live shows or future releases. More is to come from these guys, hopefully it will have a juicier plateau.
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