Miles Kurosky The Desert of Shallow Effects

Miles Kurosky The Desert of Shallow Effects
There are really only two categories of albums from newly formed solo artists: those that attempt to break away from their former band's work and those that don't. In the case of Miles Kurosky (the ex-front-man of Elephant 6 darlings Beulah), he's definitely in the latter on his debut solo effort, The Desert of Shallow Effects. Despite six years passing since Beulah's break-up, this album could easily pass as a follow-up to the San Franciscans' 2003 swan song, Yoko. Now, this may have to do with several ex-Beulah members appearing on the record, and with Kurosky writing Shallow Effects' lyrics specifically for Beulah. Or it may simply be that Kurosky is once again leaving behind his old sugary twee tendencies and, like Yoko, taking on a more "adult" style of sophisticated pop. And for fans of Beulah's later output, this is definitely going to be a good thing. But in terms of a creative branching-out, you'd be hard-pressed to find much on The Desert of Shallow Effects. (Majordomo)