14 Songs, 32 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When the chiming guitars of “Family Crimes” kick in and start off Skygreen Leopards' third album, The Byrds flit it and out of the listening frame, paving the way for additional musical and lyrical references to that band. Beyond The Byrds, there are also tantalizing whiffs of Television Personalities (“WWIII Style,” “Crying Green and Purple”) and even early Go-Betweens (“Reno Wedding”). Trimming and tightening their trippy, lysergic sound to a more focused, jangle-pop vibe does wonders for the Leopards, with bass lines bubbling warmly under strummed acoustic guitars, and breezy melodies so pale and faint they seem extra-special when they fully emerge. The triptych odes to love (“Love Is a Shadow,” “Is It Love, Love, Love?," and “It’s Not Love”) seem to address those facets of the topic quite neatly (mystery, hope, resolution), and each tune offers its own appropriate feel. Charming, through and through.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When the chiming guitars of “Family Crimes” kick in and start off Skygreen Leopards' third album, The Byrds flit it and out of the listening frame, paving the way for additional musical and lyrical references to that band. Beyond The Byrds, there are also tantalizing whiffs of Television Personalities (“WWIII Style,” “Crying Green and Purple”) and even early Go-Betweens (“Reno Wedding”). Trimming and tightening their trippy, lysergic sound to a more focused, jangle-pop vibe does wonders for the Leopards, with bass lines bubbling warmly under strummed acoustic guitars, and breezy melodies so pale and faint they seem extra-special when they fully emerge. The triptych odes to love (“Love Is a Shadow,” “Is It Love, Love, Love?," and “It’s Not Love”) seem to address those facets of the topic quite neatly (mystery, hope, resolution), and each tune offers its own appropriate feel. Charming, through and through.

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