Sunday, September 16, 2007

White Rabbits - Fort Nightly

First, look past the name that invokes images of Alice and the Mad Hatter. Then prepare yourself for unbridled listening enjoyment. I'll admit, upon first "skim" through the tracks, I thought I was getting myself into another hipster retread. You can try to make comparisons to bands like the Walkmen, for instance. However, White Rabbits do bring a sense of east coast cool, but also the feeling of a more simple and elegant yet dangerous time.

This record plays like something you should be listening to in a speakeasy while sipping gin. Listen after listen I feel a constant urge to light a cigarette and sit in the corner booth of a dimly lit, underground club. The feeling and imagery provided here is enough, but it is easily overtaken by the fact that this sextet writes layered pop music that defies comparison. I dare you to not be dragged in by the rhythm section, which, by the way, is what probably makes this record so interesting in the first place. Honestly, this is some of the most creative, and at the same time understated, rhythm work since the first Interpol record.

This record deserves the praise being heaped upon it. If this isn't enough for you, they're cool enough to let you listen to the whole thing on their site.

Once you've done that, buy it from emusic, or amazon.

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