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    It's Yours to Keep

    Wed, 28 Sep 2005 17:26:31

    Album Reviews: It's Yours to Keep by Loquat

    Loquat is a promising young 5-piece from San Francisco that falls somewhere between the smooth jazziness of Sea and Cake and the post-Smiths moodiness of The Sundays, mining similar territory to LA’s Bedroom Walls. The band has been together for about three years, and this debut LP introduces a dreamy, accessible pop sound that retains just enough hallmarks of various indie rock subgenres -- from slowcore to post-rock to jangle-pop -- to sound fresh.

    Vocalist Kylee Swenson does most of the songwriting and plays guitar. While her voice is easily the focal point of the band’s brittle sound, keyboardist Ryan Manley also plays a key role in their dreamy atmosphere. Whoever is responsible for the understated and lovely electronic flourishes in the better half of these songs is also instrumental in making this band so subtly infectious. These delicate, melancholy songs tend to overlap into a singular format, which works really well in making this an impressive debut. For now, even a dozen or so listens into the album, it sounds like wonderful consistency. It will be interesting to see if Loquat will find the ability to explore and diversify, but, for now, this is one of the better indie rock debuts you will hear all year. - Cory O'Malley

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