The Luxury Sounds of the Losing Blueprint
Described by the record label itself as "fifteen tracks of artsy-fartsy indie-rocky goodness," this compilation is exactly that. Rather than focus on one particular genre, Losing Blueprint has a roster that branches out and dabbles in several areas, and the best part is that the vast majority of these bands come from the northeast.
Let's start with the real winners. First on that list is Vaguely Star Shaped, taking what could have been a generic "emo" song, grabbing some guitar and vocal effects from another world altogether, tossing in some beautifully spastic drum work, and creating something quite wonderful. The Nationale Blue contributes "Silver Alien Pyjamas (Oryginal Vyrsion)," mixing jazzy beats with Sabbath riffs and spacey effects, the two-movement version of which you can find on the band's recent A Different Kind Of Listening. The guitar work on Andrew Wagner's folky and intense "Palmetto Acres" is worthy of mention in itself, and the sheer intensity of Centralia's eerily creeping "Nestled In The Swiss Alps" pulls every emotion to the surface over the course of six minutes.
Meanwhile, The Method And Result blend jerky beats, clever guitar tricks and lovely female vocals to make an interesting little pop song, even if it does stretch out for nearly six minutes, walking right up to the edge of wearing out its welcome, and then knowing enough to stop. Bands like Fiesel, Calumet-Hecia and Tristan de Cuhna come crashing at you with plenty of intensity, abrasiveness and breakneck rhythms, while Words For Snow dishes out a comfortable if not trance-inducing blend of moody rock and mellow jazz in the sprawling "My Uncle."
It is difficult to find a single song on here that is desperately begging to be skipped over, which is more than a lot of label samplers can say. With a range of musical styles that remain somewhat connected, yet diverse enough to keep things from being redundant, The Luxury Sounds Of The Losing Blueprint provides a little bit of something for everyone.