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Shy Pursuit

The Spinto Band

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Album Review

It's always a little startling to realize just how long the Spinto Band have been at it — Shy Pursuit came out one year after the band's 15th anniversary — but it's that sense of keeping on over time that seems to have kept the group's merry focus in place, a kind of rushed energy that parallels any number of indie rock fellow travelers without exactly resembling anyone else in particular. So a song like Shy Pursuit's "Muesli" could call to mind bands like Los Campesinos!, Vampire Weekend, and even a bit of Animal Collective, yet at the same time the complicated sunniness of the song, with its bit of brisk hyperactive rhythm section and sweet singing that almost becomes yodeling, exists in its own enjoyable universe. If anything, that genteel but enjoyable vocal approach is the hook throughout the album, giving the bandmembers plenty of opportunities to explore here and there as they choose — it makes a song like "Take It" turn from being a near four-to-the-floor stomp into their version of an arena rock epic, always breezy and never pointlessly overbearing. If there's another secret weapon as such, it's in the breaks and beats throughout, evident from the opening "Cookie Falls," where the drums cut out and return in moments of on-the-nose precision. "Keep Them Alive" really kicks into a cheery theme song mode from the start before shifting into hyperactive stop-starts in the music, vocals going "If I could scare you first" over almost nothing, then building back up to a fun conclusion, while "Out of It" does a bit with similar loud/quiet contrasts, a reapplication of older alt-rock moves to newer structures — and very nicely done at that.

Customer Reviews

The Spinto Band should find their way into every indie fan's album collection

I've been a fan of the band since 2008. At that point, they had two great albums. With Shy Pursuit, they found their sound and have completely embraced it. "Nice and Nicely Done" was honest and straightforward alternative rock, where "Moonwink" was extremely poppy and felt like a stage play. I enjoyed both of these albums, but on this one, the sounds have merged for the best. The Spinto Band are officially uncomparable and have their own sound. Everyone I show them to love them. I was very glad to see that they are back. I was glad to hear that they have been hard at work and didn't stop making music even when it wasn't being released yet. This album was quite the surprise. Grab it now to get ready for summer! Great job guys.

Quirky pop gems with deep sonic layers

The Spinto Band excels at writing super-catchy tunes that stick in your head for days. Unusual chord progressions mix Tin Pan Alley with Harry Nilsson, and the band adds a bouncy poppy indie energy. This album in particular has tons of sonic layers and mixed instrumentation. Analog synths abound, and tidy-yet-rocking guitar solos punctuate the songs. Listen once and find yourself humming along. Listen twice and you're hooked for life.

Awesome Music

All the songs are fun, upbeat & catchy. I love the complexity and old-timey feel to this album. So glad I was able to get it on vinyl as well!
Thanks for some more great music, Spinto Band!

Biography

Formed: Wilmington, DE

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

An indie pop group whose electronica-tinged tunes nod to Pavement, Of Montreal, and Field Music, the Spinto Band formed in 1996, spearheaded by Nick Krill, who was inspired to form the band when he came across some song lyrics written by his late grandfather, Roy Spinto. The band's original lineup included Jon Eaton, Albert Birney, brothers Thomas and Sam Hughes, and brothers Jeffrey and Joey Hobson; Birney would eventually leave the group in order to go to art school. Self-releasing seven albums...
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