(Spintonic – 2/5/2013)
It’s been a strange career for The Spinto Band, and — as I’m concerned — their 2012 grower The Slow Pursuit was the first step in the wrong direction. A seemingly immediate (though it had been four years since their last album) shift was made as Spinto jumped from the sinking ship of spazz-rock into the pinhole-ridden lifeboat of indie-pop, co-opting a relaxed, breezy tone that was frightfully hit-or-miss.
But what do I know? (certainly not enough to write long-winded minutia on the subtleties of modern pop, no sir). I loved 2008′s Moonwink for its assemblage of “oohs” and “ahhs” and tingly guitar riffs melded into juvenile, spastic rock songs, while every one else seemed pretty certain that 2005′s Bar/None debut Nice and Nicely Done was the end-all compass point by which any future Spinto album ought be judged (though I always thought they’d added a dash too much essence-of-scenester to the cauldron). But the past is the past, and the future, for The Spinto Band, appears to be an affluence of respect for soft, wispy indie-pop a la Vampire Weekend.