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Silver Storms

The A-Sides

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Everything works, it clicks, it's solid.

It seems that Animal Collective is stealing all the covers in the Indie bed, and somehow the A-Sides keep the heart warm even if Pitchfork still hasn't woken up. This is the most exciting, powerful, and solid adition to the Indie mainframe in years. You'll find yourself thinking "yes, it's working!" over and over again.

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To say that The A-Sides have taken a step forward with their sophomore album would be the understatement of the freaking decade. Note the string intro, the lush arrangements and the number of string-bend / synthesizer-accentuated / slow-burn epics that exceed five minutes in length. This is no mere step, this is a catapault shot that leaves you wondering what happened to that unassuming group of West Philly kids who did a respectable impersonation of The Kinks. Silver Storms is a self-consciously "big" album, but it never comes off as pretentious or superficial, since the even the most sprawling songs seem sincere and heartfelt. Conversely, there are a number of down-to-earth moments (the sprightly single "We're The Trees," the 1950s innocence captured in "A Florida Grove") that sound huge. This is a solid album to make Philly music lovers proud. Since it's The A-Sides' first release in a contract with national label Vagrant (home to The Hold Steady, eels, Saves the Day, et al), this is also an album that can be singularly representative of Philly music for the rest of the country, kind of the way The Strokes' Is This It represented the Brooklyn boom,Bright Eyes' Lifted... represented Omaha or – dare I say it? – Nevermind represented Seattle. Hyperbole, perhaps, but hear me out. Imagine everything that is good and buzzing and promising about the region's rock bands: Dr. Dog's fondness for minor chord scales, "woah-oh-oh" hooks and psychedelia…The Swimmers' potent indie power pop…Illinois' roots leanings and arrangements. Now let's say you took it all and distilled it into a single album; the result would be Silver Storms. There are no Man Man-style freakouts, but I suppose they can come later. For now, The A-Sides have given us ten songs in 50 minutes that are thrilling on a number of levels, mostly in their excellence. Review by John Vettese

quality?

Whats up with "through the ocean" its all messed up. i downloaded it and it is glitchy and weird, and the 30 second sample does the same thing

Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Philly-based popsters the A-Sides formed in 2002 and rapidly proceeded to do a bunch of things right. Their first 7" single (on Scranton, PA's Prison Jazz Records) was plucked up by Rough Trade in the U.K. and garnered the group oodles of nice press stateside. Producer Brian McTear (matt pond PA, Mazarin) took notice as well and helmed the group's first full-length, Hello, Hello, which pushed the A-Sides' eclectic pop sensibilities even further forward in 2005. With the lineup of Jon Barthmus (vocals/guitar/keys),...
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