I’ve been listening to Starlight Mints‘ upcoming album, Drowaton, all friggin’ afternoon–it’s pretty damn captivating. If you don’t know much about the Mints, CMJ offers a pretty good take on the band:
Although they feature a pretty traditional set-up (guitar, bass, drums, keyboard), the band likes to augment their tunes with a liteny of off-beat sounds, including bells, violins, and other odd effects, which should endear Drowaton to those who want more quirk in their indie-pop.
The new album hits stores on April 25th, but you can pre-order it here. Do yourself a favor and listen to these tracks from Drowaton:
[MP3] Starlight Mints – What’s Inside Of Me?
Probably the most instantly likeable song off the new album…which is interesting (or maybe obvious) because it’s the one that sounds least like the typical sound of the Mints. Something about it reminds me of taking a roadtrip to Vegas…a little wild, a little adventurous, arouses curiousity…there’s also a slight twang to it. Whatever metaphoric analysis I give it, it’s nevertheless a great song.
[MP3] Starlight Mints – Rhino Stomp
This song blew me away. It’s the only instrumental on the album, but it’s bloody genius. Because mainly of the structured military-style drumming and authoritative, sharp cello, it sounds like it’s right out of the soundtrack to the Jungle Book–the scene where all the elephants are marching in a row. Rhino Stomp indeed.