Monday, February 1, 2010

Music Monday: Yeti Lane

Posted By on Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Yeti Lane
Yeti Lane
(Sonic Cathedral Records)

French rock that doesn't suck — is that even possible?

Yeti Lane is the remaining three quarters of Cyann & Ben, a Parisian post-rock band that also made no secret of its saucer full of shoegazer influences.

This self-titled debut album finds the surname-free trio —Charlie on drums and electronics, Ben and LoAc sharing vocal, guitar and synth duties — getting by surprisingly well without frontwoman Cyann, as they serve up psych-pop songs that are more concise but no less dreamy.

The hushed vocals manage to be both ethereal and passionate — think Game Theory, the Connells and, of course, Syd Barrett. The overall sound is melodically interesting, although individual songs sometimes get a bit samey. (In that regard, imagine a more jangly guitar-centric Midnight Juggernauts).

Best to start out with the most immediately accessible tracks — the perfectly poppy “Lonesome George,” Britfolk-inflected “Heart’s Architecture,” and Morricone-tinged “Only One Look” — and then work your way from there.

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