Great Valley – “Grape Room In Cartoon Land” – [Feeding Tube Records]
This band from Brattleboro, Vermont is definitely quirky and weird, but great. They sound like the early Beach Boys, and they describe this album as “intense emotional suffering repressed by more & more manic layers of demented pop.” And that’s really how it sounds. There’s an insert coloring page that they want you to complete and send in to unlock the next level. There are intervals called “Toon Times” and one “Perfect Strum,” and “Just Not the 1” is indeed a breakup song, but the cheerful repression of the pop music is tonic for the soul.