February 03, 2022

Earlimart - Treble & Tremble (2004)

Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Indie Rock
Label Number: PALMCD 2108-2

© 2004 Palm Pictures
Earlimart's later work has been worlds away from its early efforts, and with Treble & Tremble, songwriter Aaron Espinoza seems to find a comfortable ground for which he was always looking. Somewhere between the intriguing introspection of Elliott Smith and the lush indie pop of Grandaddy (the record was co-produced by the latter's Jim Fairchild), Earlimart continues on the same path as Everyone Down Here. Reflecting his troublesome times leading up to the album (death of a friend, breakup with girlfriend), his matured writing gives way to loss and love ("Unintentional Tape Manipulations"), held in a cradle of warm keyboard and acoustic guitar. Some moments are upbeat indie pop ("The Hidden Track" and "Sounds"), but most of this is dreamy despite its slightly gloomy textures. A few interludes, like "808 Crickets," tie it all together, and you forget that Earlimart was ever compared to the Pixies.

tags: earlimart, treble and tremble, 2004, flac,


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