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Theodore Grimm-Someone I Used to Know

March 1, 2007

Theodore Grimm – “Someone I Used to Know”

Prehistoric Media

Theodore Grimm’s blend of catchy hooks and bouncing grooves is a force to be reckoned with. Hailing from the Big Apple, this four-piece indie outfit is settling into its musical niche and shows a lot of promise. They came to us with a couple of tracks on their MySpace site, and I definitely dug what I heard.

The track “Someone I Used to Know” is a construction in itself, building constantly throughout its 4-minute duration. The song structure used by lesser songwriters would be repetitive, but Theodore Grimm has managed to keep it interesting throughout with a slew of ever-changing elements: doubled vocals, twin-guitar harmonies, and quirky (but solid) drumming. The vocals are also blended well into the song, especially during the near-epic chorus. The lyrics are very simple but still seem to fit well with the music.

My biggest complaint with this track is the recording quality. It conveys the dynamics and energy of the music, but can leave a bit to be desired at times. Apart from that, this is a sonically tight, stylistically polished example of a standout single from that weird realm of ‘retro-rock-pop-dance-indie’ that is so hard to classify but so easy to listen to.

-Declan Ryan

Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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