Sholi Sholi

Sholi Sholi
The clattering of the snare drum that welcomes listeners to Sholi's debut might as well be the death rattle of the slick indie rock that makes music supervisors froth at the mouth. Producer Greg Saunier, moonlighting from his beat-keeping day job in Deerhoof, appears to have taken a hands-off approach during the recording process; it's easy to imagine the band members setting up around a single mic and letting loose. This gives the songs the sense of place and timelessness that's been sucked out of most modern records. The San Francisco group throw cacophonous sonics on top of swinging bass lines and jazz-inspired drums, creating a lazy, lo-fi version of the Dismemberment Plan's Change. Sholi is a brief affair, with only eight tracks, but every tune teems with ideas and moments of brilliance, and that's part of its charm. The record is by no means a masterpiece but the seeds have been sown. A little focus and tightening and Sholi will be unstoppable. (Quarterstick)