Throw Me The Statue Moonbeams

Throw Me The Statue Moonbeams
Throw Me the Statue’s debut album, Moonbeams, treads an interesting line: it’s not exactly Top 40 pop rock but it’s not what you would call leftfield indie either. In truth, TMTS have a foot in each world, delivering equal portions of radio-friendly hooks as well as unconventional, forward-thinking tactics. Driving this direction is Seattle’s Scott Reitherman, who, along with Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion) and a few friends, pulls together enough gems to satisfy all types of pop rockers. For those in the conservative camp, there are straightforward guitar-/keyboard-driven numbers like "A Mutinous Dream” and "Ground Swell,” which go down easy with their inviting melodies and stick-in-your-head choruses. For those with more unorthodox tastes, there are more vulnerable, meditative offerings, such as "The Happiest Man on this Place,” where TMTS twist horns, keys and tinkering percussion into songs that could easily fit on any Microphones record. And while these two sides can at times clash, Moonbeams offers a quick pop fix that’s both welcoming as well as gratifying. (Secretly Canadian)