Published Jul 31, 2018Preaching sounds of joy, Shy Boys have a unique, harmonious charm on their second album, Bell House. Made up of brothers Collin and Kyle Raush, and their friends Kyle Little, Konnor Ervin and Ross Brown, the Midwestern ensemble are far from as timid as their name suggests. They aren't afraid to belt out a hard-hitting verse, giving us tender, heartfelt anthems.
For a short album — only ten tracks in 24 minutes — it doesn't take long to recognize the beauty of Bell House. The shimmering richness of the Raush brothers' vocals are enough to win you over. "Evil Sin" shows off their talent; as the song begins you're consumed with blended, multi-layered vocals, a theme you'll be quick to notice throughout the album. The bouncy, yet invigorating track "Take the Doggie" reflects on a time when they wanted to save a neighbour's dog from an abusive owner, embellished with speedy, twangy guitar.
The standout title track feels like a hazy dream. Slow in tempo, and sensitive, the steadiness makes a great transition to the end of the record as it bleeds into "Disconnect," a drawn-out song with shoegaze vibes, making it one of the albums more powerful moments. Bell House hooks you in from beginning to end, leaving a lasting impression one song after the next. (Polyvinyl)