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I Love It Almost as Much as I Love Pie (and More Than I Love Cake)

June 23, 2009

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A Love Like Pi’s album Atlas and the Oyster is a buzzing, beautiful electronic/punk/rock jumble of joy. Danceable, rhythmic, and interspersed with surprises, the album coasts along in all its synthesized glory. One song flows seamlessly into the next. Pair that with the fact that there is a cohesive theme (that which can be sensed smashes against the mysteries of the universe results in myth. It’s the themes of John Donne’s A Valediction Forbidding Mourning in an album) and the sweet album cover art, and you have a band that’s ready to explode into the mainstream.

 In the words of the editor-in-chief, “It’s a mix of everything on the radio right now.” Think rhythmic, like that ear-worm of a song “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas; synth-tastic like Lady GaGa; catchy like Katy Perry; and vocals like Panic at the Disco. It’s electronic for the rock enthusiast, The Killers with more obvious synths or Motion City Soundtrack with a chorus of computer-like sounds layered in. And if that’s not enough references to illustrate their sound, I would suggest you go listen. Actually I would strongly recommend you go listen anyway. Right now. So if you’re still reading this, you’re wrong. If you’re still not listening I’ll tell you this: there’s harmonica, a trumpet, and a touch of violin. Go forth and love it. Three stand-out songs to get you started: “Innocent Man,” “Young Men,” and “My Body.”

 

-Emma Richardson

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