Brown Recluse Evening Tapestry

Brown Recluse Evening Tapestry
Brown Recluse are a classic Slumberland band, but that's not necessarily a good thing. They strum their guitars quite perfectly and have a shiny, bright take on retro pop that is exceptionally easy to listen to, with the requisite amount of tweeness. Yet the most memorable moments on debut album Evening Tapestry are notable because they are so reminiscent of the artists that have obviously influenced them. That translates into a touch of the Zombies and the Clientele here and there, plus they've heard a few Beach Boys records in their time and appear to have worshipped at the altar of Sarah Records on occasion. Taken in parts, there are some really good songs, like the ghostly "Statue Garden" and the upbeat "Monday Moon." But by the end of an entire album, Brown Recluse fade to a distant memory far more quickly than a cursory listen would ever suggest. Increasing the quantity definitely worked against them. (Slumberland)