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CD Review: Phineas and the Lonely Leaves

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Phineas and the Lonely Leaves

Stay Bright

(2016, Independent)

Peekskill's Phineas and the Lonely Leaves have that nu-sensitivo barfly mentality. It is as if singer-songwriter Tim Feeney allows himself to let his guard down and become in tune with his emotions over a few too many pints, but it doesn't result in the output being addled or impaired at all. In fact, the energy of golden-era Soul Asylum and the lilting lead vocals of the Cure's Robert Smith is almost sobering in its execution. Stay Bright is a collection of songs that falls somewhere between bar and college rock (college-bar rock, if you will). It also has an element of '70s guitar worship and nostalgia that we've seen of late from newer indie and punk bands, such as Titus Andronicus and Christopher Owens's Girls. Layered acoustic and electrics on melodic and up-tempo confessionals in mostly major keys make this an entirely pleasant repeat listen. Lonelyleaves.com

Mike Campbell

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