Friday, March 14, 2008

pershing by someone still loves you boris yeltsin

Sophomore albums, as everyone knows, are tricky things. I imagine that's especially true if you're Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and you're trying to follow up 2005's Broom, an album that compensated for its brevity (10 songs, thirty minutes) with ceaseless, unrelenting, unpretentious charm, and your audience is made up of people like me, who both want you to succeed but tend to resent resent sharing.

Luckily, it seems that SSLYBY don't pay attention to such things, as they're too busy forming bicycle gangs in their native Springfield, Missiouri, and writing polite letters to Xzibit. Much of this attitude is captured in this video posted on their MySpace page of the making of Pershing.

It's a perfect follow-up album, because while it displays a marked stepped forward in craftsmanship, what is does not show is a headiness resulting from that dreaded phenomenon (at least by hipsters), hype. The vocals are more prevalent than on Broom, the Elliott Smith-esque piano less so (though it flourishes perfectly on the lovely closer "HEERS"), but it still feels comfortable, familiar, and reminiscent of why you fell in love with the band in the first place.

If you haven't fallen in love yet, there are plenty of incentives for that, too. The songs are perfectly poppy in a way that guarantees the album will stay in your car's CD player throughout the summer. Here in Los Angeles, where summer is a continuous state, it's already taken over mine.

Pershing is out April 8 on Polyvinyl. If you pre-order now, you get three bonus songs and some extra goodies to make it more than worth your while.

mp3: "Glue Girls" by SSLYBY
mp3: "Think I Wanna Die" by SSLYBY

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