Hushdrops Volume One

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that it has taken Chicago band Hushdrops almost ten years to record their debut album. That’s because John San Juan and Joe Camarillo have spent much of that time playing with other bands like Material Issue, the Waco Brothers and, most importantly, the Webb Brothers. Most importantly because that is the band Hushdrops most resembles, producing similar joyful, buoyant pop music that is irresistible and infectious. The Webb Brothers already took one of the best songs, "Summer People,” and turned it into a hit of their own, so it loses a little of its attractiveness the second time around. It is still a damned fine song though, but fortunately it is in good company because Juan and Camarillo have a real knack for writing catchy pop songs. They call them "inevitable songs” because they sound like they’ve always existed and so Volume One has a very familiar sound to it, in a reassuring, welcoming way. The flow of the record is interrupted by short musical interludes between some songs that have more in common with the High Llamas and Stereolab. They are a bit of a distraction and don’t contribute a lot to the album as a whole. Hopefully they’ll be able to iron out those minor problems before their sophomore effort appears, sometime in the next ten years we assume. (Subspace)