Album Review

Scraps – “A Salty Sea” – [dirty knobby]

Thurston Hunger   8/28/2011   7-inch, A Library


Released in 2010, but shipped to us this past week. What a
joy, not only the music, but having quality vinyl shipped to
ye olde KFJC. Nothing puts a spring in our summer step like
having some label/artist wink at us across a crowded planet.
Scraps come from Seattle, but have a time share in deja vu
land as well. Infectious to the point of frothing. Feeling
like a concoction of Thee Oh Sees, Pest 5000 and Royal Baths,
but trading the the Baths morbid murky water for something
merrier. “A Salty Sea” has capital D-drums and sort of
roller arena keyboard sweeps. It’s that keyboard, chimed in
with guitar, that really hit the replay synapse. And as
for party power, male/female vox always give any soiree some
swing. On the flip side, those same male/female voices are
split by distant harmony that aches slowly across an octave.
Again there’s fuzzy familiar logic, like indie pop left behind
by race of older brothers and sisters. Plenty of sugar in
these Scraps.

-Thurston Hunger

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