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
November 2008

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