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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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Heard so many nuances in vinyl that I didn't pick up the first hundreds of times listening. Great album and I'm glad I made the splurge to get it on vinyl.Published 11 months ago by Kim Schaefer
Eisley has earned their stripes on the road touring all over the united states by the time each of the siblings were 25 years old. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wolf Tactical Blogs
After hearing them for the first time on their EP Laughing City (and being blown away by it) I couldn't wait to get this CD. Read morePublished on May 21, 2014 by Amber Chabino
All the songs are original and lovely. This album is my favorite of all and my favorite band too! It put me in a dreamlike state.
The case was a little banged up but it came insulated/packaged and the CD works just fine :D It was a good price for the condition.Published on January 18, 2014 by YunaLuv0
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. The whimsical lyrics and quirky music really captures a very unique sound and emotion. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Corey D. Wilis
Just an overall lovely CD. I'm always impressed by the whimsical writing and style of this CD and my love for the band has only grown with every release!Published on March 1, 2011 by Lisa Nixon
I was a little wary of Eisley when I first started listening to them. Their music was unlike anything I'd ever heard before. Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by Tiffany Sewell