Let’s Go Sailing | The Chaos In Order (Yardley Pop)

cd_sailingLevy has taken the atmosphere of Belle and Sebastian's If You're Felling Sinister and combined it with the feelings of the kid who got picked last for kickball.

 

 

 

 

Twee pop is making a comeback. Bands making cute pop songs are rolling through the indie scene like wild these days. Shana Levy, former member of rock outfit Irving, has now made her own mark on the indie pop world under the name Let's Go Sailing. Her debut album, The Chaos in Order, is a bittersweet song collection filled to the brim with lovely melodies and delicately light orchestrations.

The album is not too far removed from the recent work of bands like the Boy Least Likely To and Camera Obscura. Levy has taken the atmosphere of Belle and Sebastian's If You're Felling Sinister and combined it with the feelings of the kid who got picked last for kickball. These are seemingly innocent songs which hint at a dissatisfaction or subtle sadness. "Icicles," which is perhaps the happiest sounding pop song on the album, features contrasting lyrics like "They'll shoot me until I'm better off dead." Despite these downers, though, the album brings back the feeling of 1960s bubblegum music. The whole album really feels like a perfect soundtrack to a spring day. While listening, I found myself captivated by the understated violin and cello parts of the album combined with Levy's sweet, contemplative vocals. Once I had gotten past the sunshiny instrumentation, I became aware of the moody emotion behind the songs, which gave me an ever greater appreciation of the album.

Let's Go Sailing shows a fair amount of range on the album. Levy shows that she can balance the bounciness of "It's as Clear" alongside the slower beauty of "This Rope Is Long." This is not to say, though, that Levy shows true eclecticism. Every song features the same guitar/piano/violin combination.

Though undeniably catchy and well orchestrated, the album doesn't really differentiate itself enough from its predecessors to make it a must-listen. However, if you're tired of listening to Camera Obscura over and over again, give The Chaos in Order a spin. B | Pete Wissinger

RIYL: Camera Obscura, early Belle and Sebastian

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