Indie-folk mixed with gang vocals is a combination that seems to be making big waves lately. By coupling the combo with some bouncy backroom blues, the Ohio trio Poor Remy has been able to carve out quite a comfortable sound in their too-short-but-sweet Still Sleeping.
Sounding something like a fusion between a twangy version of Good Old War and the early, yelpy vocal stylings of Brand New, Still Sleeping is a lively, upbeat folk effort that can easily lodge itself in your brain. At times, without having listened to it for a few days, the bluesy chorus of the title track creeps back into my head, making me wonder how they’re able to craft such catchy tunes. The full-band-focused gang vocals of “Fever Lee” and “Drinking All Night” are also strikingly similar to Kishi Bashi‘s recent masterpiece 151a, and provide for some seriously addictive toe-tapping, rhythm-focused experiences.
Poor Remy sounds like a fun band to watch live. Their demeanor, both lyrically and musically, is upbeat and carefree – something that always translates well to the stage. Though I haven’t seen them live, photos and such hint at some good times to be had. Though the four short songs tend to blend together (because EP’s are like that), there’s no reason not to enjoy the pleasant melodies and vocal harmonies saturating Still Sleeping.
At the moment, it’s available as a pay-what-you-want download, so pick it up while you can. Hope they spend a bit more time in the studio next time and record a full length (which, according to their BC page, will be “in the coming months”).
Stand out tracks:
Take a listen to my home-brewed instrumental/electronic/indie album
"Where Were We When" and download it for as many coconuts as you can spare.
Coconuts are delicious, though their milk tastes like pond water.