Track Stars & the Headphone Magnificence[CD]
Reily is the creation of an unlikely duo - Dave and Grant. Dave, a chain smoking, gravel voiced, insomniac who at one point was determined to follow in D'Angelo's neo-soul foot print would, in most circles, be considered the polar opposite of Grant's mellow, angelic voiced, well rested pop aficionado who spends his time quietly scouring the dustbins of used vinyl stores. The one thing they had in common was a love of good pop music, excellent melodies and good old-fashion songwriting. Finding a common language in Music From Big Pink, the spastic and varied output of Beck and the late-60's pop of bands such as The Millennium and The Zombies, Dave and Grant have created a sound unique in the Northwest's superior tradition of stellar songwriting while being sonically anchored in elements of timeless rock and/or roll. Their first record, Track Stars & The Headphone Magnificent, is an exercise in melodic excess peppered with lyrics of love lost, love found and just plain love. Recorded solely by the band over the past year in a 9 x 12 foot detached garage in Greenlake, Dave & Grant play every instrument featured with the miracle of ProTools (something neither of them had any experience with) and $350 worth of microphones. From sampling Tchaikovsky in the opening bars of the record, to summoning the spirit of Randy Newman in The World That They Thought They Had (Is Now Ours Instead), Track Stars succeeds in creating a world where mariachi breakdowns can interrupt Simon & Garfunkel harmonies, where drum machines and synthesizers can lead into an alt. Country shuffle, where a symphony of noise can proceed the symphonies of Rachmaninoff and where they only thing that matters is a good melody.
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