Friday, November 28, 2008
Meryll - Happened
©2007 Esotype Records
Jangly mid-western sensibility much in the vein of Wilco, the Merbabies, and Son Volt, Meryll has crafted an almost laid back disc. This Austin, Texas band has an alt-country, Americana, and a slight shoegaze element mixed with nasally thin tenor-like vocals.
The weakest cuts are the first half-instrumental number and the last cut, which is one long drawn out day in the wife of a mother and her kids waiting for carpeting to be delivered. In between, the brunt of this disc has an airy vibe that melds well with a rural country drive. It is laid back, subdued, yet strong in the middle.
7.5 of 10 clicks