Even when Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin were on official leave between albums, we kept them in our thoughts — especially when their namesake went on permanent hiatus. But SSLYBY made it through that difficult time, name in tact. And somewhere along the way after the awesome Broom LP Someone discovered Pinback. With that Abbadon-style injection into the band’s indie pop-perfect Elliott Smith and Beatles bedsit sound, we figured “Half-Awake (Deb)” to be a sure sign of slightly mathier things to come. “Glue Girls” doesn’t fully flesh out that prognostication, although the grooves do ceaselessly shift; instead it’s the vocals that bear signs of evolution here, and when the Yeltsins power up their pop (as in around 3:10), it’s almost like those backing melodies came from Rob Crow, by way of Adam Schelsinger.
Great start to the album, no? After a preliminary spin, we’re thinking it’ll turn some heads. This isn’t music designed to bulldoze boundaries as much as it is the sound of a band working within a certain (and treasured) pop paradigm, distilling from past masters a superior sense of smarts and craft. And it’s refreshing to have a band survive a hypestorm and come out sounding fresh, well studied, and amongst the finest in the present crop of young indie-pop songwriters. “The Beach Song,” “Boring Fountain,” “Some Constellation” … the kids are alright.
Pershing is out 4/8 on Polyvinyl.