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“I’ve never been more excited to put out a record and to give the world this music.” –Sherri Dupree-Bemis

Eisley’s fourth album, Currents, is a study in contrasts. It’s the sound of a band growing up, but not forgetting the magical power of childlike curiosity or the joy of unselfconscious creativity. It’s an album that nods to playful pop and ... Read more in Amazon's Eisley Store

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  • Audio CD (February 8, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B0006ZOV5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,427 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Memories
2. Telescope Eyes
3. I Wasn't Prepared
4. Golly Sandra
5. Marvelous Things
6. 6. Brightly Wound
7. Lost At Sea
8. My Lovely
9. Just Like We Do
10. Plenty of Paper
11. One Day I Slowly Floated Away
12. Trolley Wood
13. Lost At Sea

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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.


Eisley’s 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 band’s sound recalls the melodic whimsy of artists like The Cardigans, Belly 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 DuPree’s crystalline tandem vocals, allowing one of the record’s many glittery hooks to burst through. It’s 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 there’s 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

Customer Reviews

This is the only album in a long while that I could say that... Every song is good.
Their lyrics are so meaningful and I would definately recommend everyone to buy this CD no matter what genre of music they like!!
The lyrics which are powerful and often whimsical at the same time, make you feel happy and calm.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2005
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It turns out the old saying is true: The family that plays together, stays together. Four siblings and their best pal make up indiepop group Eisley, whose debut EPs hinted at what they could do. And "Room Noises" certainly proves that their airy, whimsical pop was worth the long wait for.

Some of the songs are from those EPs, although they sound a bit tighter and smoother. For example, the heartbreaking ode to the bullied, "Telescope Eyes," or the prettily whimsical "Marvelous Things." Despite the airy poesy of the songs, there's a distinctly melancholy streak through the album, which peaks at the very beginning: "Memories," a haunting song about a woman mourning her husband's suicide.

Despite a few EP songs, they also have quite a few new songs, like the enchantingly sunny "Golly Sandra," which has echoes of the Beach Boys. But the sparkling pop vibe continues in other songs, carried over in piano melodies and smooth guitar riffs. "Still floating soft/I am dreaming and I'm glad I lost/And still with my fingers/I'm drawing circles in the water," the song goes, as fluid as the water it talks about.

That mixture of bittersweetness and innocent optimism is what makes Eisley so darn appealing. Nowhere are the stereotypical I-just-wanna-have-fun or my-boy/girlfriend-dumped-me-and-now-I-wanna-swim-with-the-toaster music for THIS pop band. While they have some love songs, the emphasis is on their enchanting kind of whimsy.

That whimsy carries over into just about whatever they sing about, whether it's Sherri and Staci singing about dragons in the woods, sunlight and butterflies, or metal teeth and "telescope eyes.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
5 Stars if you're new to Eisley; 4 Stars for the rest of us

Eisley has released 2 EPs in early and late 2003, the excellent "Laughing City" and "Marvelous Things". For whatever reason, it's taken over another year for the release of their debut album. The band is in my book one of the best new bands out there, and Coldplay's Chris Martin is a big fan as well (Eisley opened for Coldplay on part of their 2003 US tour).

"Room Noises" (12 tracks, 41 min.) is full of dreamy, yet very catchy songs, not unlike, say, Sixpense None the Richer. The best songs are in the first half of the album, including the opener "Memories", "I Wasn't Prepared", "Memories" (the standout track of the album), and "Brightly Wounded" with great intertwining vocals from the sister lead singers. Other great tracks are "Plenty of Paper", a great up-tempo song, and the closer "Trolley Wood".

What keeps me from giving this 5 stars is that 4 of the songs are rehashed from the 2 EPs (in newly recorded versions), and that's disappointing to a degree for those of us that have followed Eisley from the beginning. We want more new songs! Finally, the Amazon listing shows a bonus track (a remixed version of "Lost at Sea") but the CD I bought doesn't have it, hmmmm... Regardless, Eisley is a breath of fresh air in today's music scene. Eisley is coming to Cincinnati shortly and I can't wait to see them live! "Room Noises" is highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Hwang on February 11, 2005
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The producers were here alright, most obviously on their 4 songs that were released on the earlier EPs. Production is not bad, but the attempts to make Eisley's music more accessible, less eclectic, and catchier worked. The music will never be entirely mainstream radio-friendly, but on some tracks, the producers were unsubtly pushing in that direction. I would buy both EPs ("Marvelous Things" and "Laughing City") in addition to this album, if you want the rawer versions.

Lyrics filled with fantastical imagery, such as magical woods, mermaids, butterflies, pollen and rippled water provide the backdrop for Eisley's themes. Voices to match. Stacy and Sherri have noteworthy voices separately, but their interlaced melodies and harmonies, no one else sounds like this. It is particularly impressive that Stacy, just turned age 16, sounds slightly-raspy alto with mild psychedelia.

I sincerely enjoy every single track on the album.
(1) "Memories" is a misty, nostalgic weeper with harmonious hope.
(2) "Telescope Eyes" is practically twice the speed here, with an omitted verse, this anthem chorus of a song whizzes by. Eisley did not want this song on the album originally, but the producers pushed for it, knowing this would be most likely to become a single. We all know how "first single released" is rarely an accurate indication for public debut as to the essence of the band. Case in point: "Yellow" by Coldplay or "Creep" by Radiohead.
(3) Sherri's vocals soar on "I Wasn't Prepared" that I stand in wonder how she pulls off this song night after night on tour.
(4) "Golly Sandra" is so addictively indie slide-guitar that it evokes the same reaction from me as "Gone for Good" by The Shins does.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clark on February 11, 2005
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After catching an Eisley show recently, I became instantly hooked. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this cd. And let me just say, it is simply amazing. Every track has lots to offer, combining dreamy vocals and pianos with catchy guitars. Its so different from anything I've ever heard, and thats what makes Eisley such a great band. Some of the stand out tracks include "Telescope Eyes"-an extremely catchy tune in which the vocals nearly reach out and grab you, "Golly Sandra"-another catchy one, a little more upbeat and different than alot of the other songs on the cd, "I wasn't prepared"-a more intimate song in which The vocals are really unique and pleasing to the ear, and and my personal favorite - "Marvelous Things"-I have never heard anything like this, it is simply stunning. This cd is definately a fantastic buy. Worth every single penny.
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