10 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second album by Boston’s Art Decade (named for an early David Bowie song) is well produced and smartly paced and mixed, often sounding like Richard Swift could have been at the controls. Frontman Ben Talmi, who coproduced, spent some years at Berklee College of Music, and it shows. The guy knows how to go for both gusto and subtlety, as well as that sweet, soft center that the best pop music aims for. Real strings (violins, cellos), keyboards, mandolin, and rich layers of guitar are all at work in Art Decade’s brand of orchestral pop. With a winsome, gentle voice and songs that glimmer like a trickling late-summer creek (“Walking Together”) or soar to intense denouements only to unspool most gracefully (“Need You Yesterday”), Art Decade feel poised to move into the realm of Bands That Rule. The single “No One’s Waiting” is sheer radio heaven, a tune begging for great, big sing-alongs and hopeful, arm-waving dance moves. Kudos to all the string players (students at Berklee) and to Talmi’s sidekick and bassist Binod Singh, who helped shape this collection.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second album by Boston’s Art Decade (named for an early David Bowie song) is well produced and smartly paced and mixed, often sounding like Richard Swift could have been at the controls. Frontman Ben Talmi, who coproduced, spent some years at Berklee College of Music, and it shows. The guy knows how to go for both gusto and subtlety, as well as that sweet, soft center that the best pop music aims for. Real strings (violins, cellos), keyboards, mandolin, and rich layers of guitar are all at work in Art Decade’s brand of orchestral pop. With a winsome, gentle voice and songs that glimmer like a trickling late-summer creek (“Walking Together”) or soar to intense denouements only to unspool most gracefully (“Need You Yesterday”), Art Decade feel poised to move into the realm of Bands That Rule. The single “No One’s Waiting” is sheer radio heaven, a tune begging for great, big sing-alongs and hopeful, arm-waving dance moves. Kudos to all the string players (students at Berklee) and to Talmi’s sidekick and bassist Binod Singh, who helped shape this collection.

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About Art Decade

Taking their name from an instrumental cut on David Bowie's Low, and specializing in big, anthemic, prog-tinged orchestral indie rock in the vein of artists like Muse and the Mars Volta, Boston's Art Decade formed in 2008 around the talents of Berklee School of Music grad Ben Talmi (guitarist, vocalist, and arranger) and Canadian bass player Binod Singh. The band issued a pair of EPs in 2008 before unleashing 2011's Western Sunrise, their well-received debut long-player. The ambitious single "No One's Waiting" was released in 2013, followed by the band's self-titled sophomore LP in early 2014. ~ James Christopher Monger

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