Eisley makes one of the most impressive, entertaining and instantly accessible full-length album debuts in recent memories with Room Noises. With guitar pop-rock from three sisters, their brother and a best friend, most still teenagers, Room Noises justifies what the buzz is about-the future.
Eisleys debut full-length Room Noises
is exactly what fans of their 2003 EPs Laughing City
and Marvelous Things
were hoping for--a shimmering, bittersweet blast. Concocted by three sisters, their brother, and their best friend, the bands sound recalls the melodic whimsy of artists like The Cardigans
and The Sundays
. Their take is more straightforward though, as bright moods light up even the most plaintive ballads; the minor chords of "Lost At Sea," for instance, get cracked open by Sherri and Staci DuPrees crystalline tandem vocals, allowing one of the records many glittery hooks to burst through. Its like that all the way in fact, as song after song gives birth to a new earworm. The drawback is a lack of diversity which keeps those sunny, delicious moments from having the impact they should. Part of the blame lies with the too-clean production, which you can hear the band trying to break out of here and there (listen to the warped beginning to "Plenty of Paper"). But theres no need to be perfect straight out of the gate, and there are worse things than listening to a band play to their strengths. -Matthew Cooke