The Darling New Neighbors from Austin, TX, bring accordion and violin to the self-released indie niche market. Rocket is an album that blows up inside your skull with musical genres jumping over each other, sometimes quite a few times within a single track. They could be the missing link between the Pixies and Belly, but with a classical twist and a penchant for old time dance music.
Founded by Elizabeth Jackson and Amy Moreland in 2004, the Darling New Neighbors went through quite a few drummers, before settling down with the current one, Karl Lundin, who teaches kids how to hit things in a way that makes sense. With Rocket they are ready fo take off - with dreamy vocals (Electolux, Indian Mounds) that can go into trash-talk mode (Take It) and sounds even more all over the place than the original - the cover of the Neil Young classic Only Love Can Break Your Heart.
This album is a serious contender for best lo-fi release of 2009.
Darling New Neighbors:
Elizabeth Jackson: vocals, accordion, violin, bass
Amy Moreland: guitar, vocals, bass
Karl Lundin: drums, vocals
- Take It
- Indian Mounds
- Boys in Cars
- Only Love Can Break Your Heart
- Bonus: Boys
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