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Album Review

Philly power pop group the Capitol Years kept Pussyfootin on hold since its 2000-2001 recording date so as to not detract from the rocker image created by their minor-league smash, Meet Yr Acres. With the Jewelry Store EP having established their cred and the 2003 might of garage revival waning, the Capitol Years thought it best to reveal their deeper West Coast folk leanings. The album features a fingerpicked, slide guitar-laced cross between fringe-era Byrds, more Dylan-oriented Tom Petty, and song-structured moments of the Dead. The soft harmonies of opener "Old Crow" recall Simon & Garfunkel, while handclaps and swirls of acoustic and electric guitar set the dusty alt-country atmosphere that dominates the album. Midtempo psych-folk songs like "Faces and Beer" and "Hookers" mix with a series of old-timey instrumentals and a few sparse singer/songwriter moments, like "Talk Walk," that showcase leader Shai Halperin's Dylan-fixated delivery and tremendous talent for weaving his breathy vocals into soft strums. While packaged successfully as a full-length, Pussyfootin is raggedly lo-fi enough to be a collection of inspired outtakes. Either way, the Capitol Years would do well to bring a bit of this back in for the new year.


Formed: 2001

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Shai Halperin was a quiet soul who loved making music on his four-track recorder. In summer 2001, Halperin released the lo-fi package Meet Yr Acres. It was a silent bomb, for critics around the globe praised Halperin's work. During this time, Halperin was urged to make his glorious sweet sound much bigger. He brought in former Mastercaster mates Sir Kyle Lloyd (drums) and Dave Wayne Daniels (bass) to flesh out what would become the Capitol Years. The trio mixed a heavy noise rock sound with threads...
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