Mix tape January '07: Bobby Tanzilo

Two great new records that have been playing in heavy rotation in the car during the daily commute:

The Postmarks -- The Postmarks (Unfiltered Records)
Sure, it sounds a lot like Ivy and was produced by Andy Chase from, er, Ivy, but The Postmarks record is so sugary it's amazing it doesn't melt. So The Postmarks aren't breaking new ground with this mix of retro French and Bacharach-style pop productions layered with the mellow purr of gal singer Tim Yehezkely. So what? It's still fabulously fun to listen to.

Field Music -- Tones of Town (Memphis Industries)
Northern England's Field Music (pictured above) -- who emerged alongside Maximo Park -- have already dished up a second disc, not long after the first arrived, but the group hasn't overextended itself. "Tones of Town" is as quirky, poppy (a la XTC, that is) and fun as the self-titled debut. The rhythms feel funky and a little off-kilter, like the aforemention Swindon combo and, say, Pere Ubu, but Field Music is even harder to pin down on this outing. "Sit Tight" struck me as edgy Steely Dan, "Closer at Hand" has an opening "ooooh," that sounds like a Freddie Mercury sample (but probably isn't) and and "A Gap Has Appeared" has harmonies that conjure Yes (sorry). 

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