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Eisley makes one of the most impressive, entertaining and instantly accessible full-length album debuts in recent memories with Room Noises. With guitar pop-rock from three sisters, their brother and a best friend, most still teenagers, Room Noises justifies what the buzz is about-the future.
Eisleys debut full-length Room Noises is exactly what fans of their 2003 EPs Laughing City and Marvelous Things were hoping for--a shimmering, bittersweet blast. Concocted by three sisters, their brother, and their best friend, the bands sound recalls the melodic whimsy of artists like The Cardigans, Belly and The Sundays. Their take is more straightforward though, as bright moods light up even the most plaintive ballads; the minor chords of "Lost At Sea," for instance, get cracked open by Sherri and Staci DuPrees crystalline tandem vocals, allowing one of the records many glittery hooks to burst through. Its like that all the way in fact, as song after song gives birth to a new earworm. The drawback is a lack of diversity which keeps those sunny, delicious moments from having the impact they should. Part of the blame lies with the too-clean production, which you can hear the band trying to break out of here and there (listen to the warped beginning to "Plenty of Paper"). But theres no need to be perfect straight out of the gate, and there are worse things than listening to a band play to their strengths. -Matthew Cooke
In between levels of production, each of the vocals are perfectly mixed and captures the quality of every member. With very piano forward rock Eisley set themselves apart with a cohesion in concert and on the album that many artists only dream of.
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Some of the songs are from those EPs, although they sound a bit tighter and smoother. For example, the heartbreaking ode to the bullied, "Telescope Eyes," or the prettily whimsical "Marvelous Things." Despite the airy poesy of the songs, there's a distinctly melancholy streak through the album, which peaks at the very beginning: "Memories," a haunting song about a woman mourning her husband's suicide.
Despite a few EP songs, they also have quite a few new songs, like the enchantingly sunny "Golly Sandra," which has echoes of the Beach Boys. But the sparkling pop vibe continues in other songs, carried over in piano melodies and smooth guitar riffs. "Still floating soft/I am dreaming and I'm glad I lost/And still with my fingers/I'm drawing circles in the water," the song goes, as fluid as the water it talks about.
That mixture of bittersweetness and innocent optimism is what makes Eisley so darn appealing. Nowhere are the stereotypical I-just-wanna-have-fun or my-boy/girlfriend-dumped-me-and-now-I-wanna-swim-with-the-toaster music for THIS pop band. While they have some love songs, the emphasis is on their enchanting kind of whimsy.
That whimsy carries over into just about whatever they sing about, whether it's Sherri and Staci singing about dragons in the woods, sunlight and butterflies, or metal teeth and "telescope eyes." Some of the lyrics seem to stray into Flaming Lips-type surrealism, but are also grounded by simple sentiments like, "You have shining eyes, yes like those forest lights, and it makes me want to cry."
After the past few years, with the group rapidly moving out of the teen bracket, one would wonder if Stacy and Sherri Dupree's angelic vocals would have gotten... well, not so pretty. No problem with that -- they sound a bit like younger versions of Beth Gibbons or perhaps Hope Sandoval. The two girls even interplay their vocals in on song, with remarkable skill and spine-tingling results.
At the start of one song, the line "Congratulations, we've finally made it" is sung. And so Eisley has -- and this promising band only shows signs of getting even better in albums to come.
But give Eisley a chance, odds are they'll soar above the treetops once again.
"Memories," both remembered and sung, are marvelous things.