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Kelley Stoltz 

Circular Sounds

Kelley Stoltz
Circular Sounds
(Sub Pop)
This is San Francisco-based Stoltz's fifth release since 1999. Where the hell has this guy been hiding? It's high time he gets greater attention and a wider audience for his psychedelic-shaded pop; think Loaded-era Velvet Underground and late-'60s Kinks combined with the likes of this citys Al Tuck and Brent Randall. The Birmingham Eccentric is a fabulous song, followed by a waltzing Mother Nature. Apparently Stoltz's earlier albums were more lo-fi ventures, so he's getting progressively exploratory, kind of like Elliott Smith, whose sound is evident, especially in the melodic and often minor-chord hooks, here too. Wow.
Sean Flinn

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