Headlights | Some Running, Some Stopping (Polyvinyl)

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cd_headlights.jpgSure, the songs are sometimes melodramatic, but only in that charming, indie-pop way.




Lately, I find myself listening to a lot of melodramatic and often just decisively depressing music. If every song makes someone cry, bring it on. Once in a while, I need a break. Sometimes, I'm really glad when I realize that there is good, poppy indie in existence—especially when it's new music. Listening to the new album by Champaign, Ill., trio Headlights is one of those times. Sure, the songs are sometimes melodramatic, but only in that charming, indie-pop way.

Although I am not very familiar with Headlights' previous releases, from what I can gather, they have grown in a different direction from their previous album, Kill Them With Kindness. Although stripped-down might not be the most accurate description of their newly evolved sound, it does appear to be that to me. There are bells, but none of the synths (unless well hidden) found prevalently in their previous efforts; this is a lush, rather than flashy, album. "Some Racing, Some Stoppping" has a well-produced, not over-produced '60s pop sound.

The album starts with the sweet and lush guitar and harmonization of "Get Your Head Around It." It's a really strong start to the album and, luckily, it keeps up into the next song, "Cherry Tulips," which makes me think of something good and indie from the mid-'90s. It also makes me think of frolicking. "January" has the sweet, sad feel of a slow Elliot Smith song.

Tristan Wraight and Erin Fein both have pleasant voices that sound really nice together, making me wish their vocals came together more often, rather than the (also good) alternating between them. While not entirely an amazing album, Some Racing, Some Stopping is a good record by a band that seems to still be in a growth stage. B+ | Jaffa Aharonov

RIYL: Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Stars, Ida

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