Hold Tight The Ropes (Warm Records)
By: Alex Steininger
Swirling, buzzing indie rock, slumbering pop songs, sweeping melodies, and a general sense of feeling relaxed, yet focused enough to hook the listener, Elk City's timid, reserved songs are just what you need for a casual day in summer. One minute you get caught up in the dark, gentle folk of a song like "Smile", trading off between male and female vocals, giving you the perfect contrast between night and day. And the next minute you're rocking out to the richly melodic, quirky pop of "Football", or the lo-fi psychedelic "K-mart". The tone of the album represents the difference between these three songs, as you get something different track to track, but something that is also distinctly Elk City, whether it's the male/female vocal contrasts, the vibe, or the timid-ness that pulls them together. I'll give this an A-.
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