Like a well-fitted suit or a little black dress (and, some might argue, argyle socks), classic harmony-laden pop never goes out of style.
If you needed a document of that, look no further than the latest offering from Seattle band Curtains For You.
Power pop has a cult following for a reason – there’s usually a genuine darkness lurking underneath those deceptively sunny melodies, and “After Nights Without Sleep” is exceptional in its exploration of both ends of the spectrum.
Harmonies and heartbreak, the twisted euphoria that comes on after tormented nights with nary a wink of rest – it’s all there, waiting to charm those argyle socks right off you. Consider it the latest piece of evidence that our hearts and minds have a more complicated relationship than most people care to admit. Consider it an honest documentation of hoping for the best when you aware of the worst; of having the courage to look uncomfortable truth right in the eye and hug the living daylight right out of it; of embracing life in all its glorious messiness and creating something beautiful.
And make no mistake, “After Nights Without Sleep” is beautiful. Melodies and harmonies abound in undeniably infectious combinations, buoyed by the talents of multiple songwriters who are each others’ biggest fans. The camaraderie and charisma are palpable. The songwriting is impeccable. Their socks are pretty nice, too.
Sartorial status aside, the band’s been making some impressive headway in the year and a half since they released their last record, including handpicked slots on sold-out shows with The Posies and The Head And The Heart, as well as making the list of Seattle’s Top 10 new artists of in City Arts magazine.
So go on – give it a listen. From the opening notes of the impossible-to-remove-from-your-head Daisy through the bouncy What Good Am I Now? to the sweeping movements of The Wasteland, the jaunty Bronx Zoo Hobo and the swooning closer Photographic Memory, these are songs that are as fun as they are emotional, as dark as they are light. Like argyle socks, it’s the contrast that makes them pop – and stand out as genuine classics.
New Video Live At Neumo’s! ->
Tour Video, Spring 2010:
Check out this for “Nuclear Age” shot by Jon Baab!
Curtains For You on myspace: http://www.myspace.com/curtains4you
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|Curtains For You "What A Lovely Surprise..." (vinyl) $15.99
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|Curtains For You - "After Nights Without Sleep" - (digital download) $8.99