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Review: The Sour Notes, The Meat of The Fruit

July 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Meat Of The Fruit

The Sour Notes
The Meat of The Fruit

Lush and quiet, the sad songs that make up The Meat Of The Fruit take listeners on a slow-paced journey full of sometimes spacey, always melodic pop. Guitarist/vocalist Jared Boulanger shows a definite knack for introspection–for The Sour Notes, love is a trivial pursuit and pining away for a lost love is a favorite pastime. With lyrics like “I’m trying to fill the emptiness with secrets inside my head again” and “I don’t know if that’s me from a different view,” and song titles like “The Truth In Our Lives” and “Weak At Heart,” the Austin-based foursome–which includes guitarist/keyboardist Chris Page, bassist Brandi Dipietro, and drummer Travis Hackett–shows a familiar side of songwriting that rarely seems this fresh. The band breaks from the overall mellow feel of the EP with “A Woman Or A Grave” and the poppy, synth-heavy “It’s Easier to Be A Hypocrit,” songs that show The Sour Notes’ range and depth. What really makes The Meat Of The Fruit special is its lack of pretension. The subject matter may be weighty, but the music keeps it from weighing on the listener.

The Sour Notes play with Papermoons this Friday night (7.11.08) at The Mink’s Backroom. More information on The Sour Notes can be found at www.thesournotes.com.

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