(http://www.rodeosatellite.com) The Transmissionary Six – Cosmonautical
(http://www.tarnishedrecords.com) Tarnished Records
Soothing indie/folk that errs on the side of lethargy.
Accurately summing up The Transmissionary Six’s new album Cosmonautical can be difficult. Lying somewhere between indie and folk-rock, the album is a low-flying and relaxed aural experience.
Cosmonautical proves that soft rock did not die with the 90s. The album remains emotionally reserved and stable throughout. There are no highs and lows in it; it’s pretty much low the entire time.
That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of great music to be heard here. The album has an uncommon sound, with a lot of emphasis on the use of slide guitar, giving it an almost country feel. The lyrics are also thoughtful in poetic, especially in songs like “Landslide” (which is not a Fleetwood Mac cover), “I Want to Deprogram You,” and “Your Holland Code.” The vocals are consistently appealing and never off-putting. Each musician seems to have quite a bit of skill with the instruments. Not once does any performance seem shaky.
However, the band’s unrelenting sound in every song often makes the songs blend together. Despite the album’s relatively short length, it can feel like it drags on unnecessarily. To be frank, the album makes me want to go to sleep more and more every time I hear it. There are a lot of great things about each individual song, and I do like them a lot. But the album as a whole is difficult to listen to in one sitting. It is quite simply too lethargic for me to feel like I can listen to it regularly.
– Nate Williams