Sunday, September 30, 2012

Empress Hotel - "Heavy Halo" CD

Louisiana indie-pop ensemble Empress Hotel's second album is a pleasant set of upbeat, well-constructed melodic songs. The band professes to being inspired by one-hit wonders of the seventies, but I hear more carefree sunny California top-down symphonic pop elements, somehow. Anyway, "Last Picture Show" has all the whimsy of Vampire Weekend (sans African influences), while "Drugs" funks it up with disco references. But far from a silly parody act, Empress Hotel's stylish music is catchy and oddly affecting. (Park The Van)

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