Brass Bed’s “Melt White”
“The band does a great job of leading listeners through what feels like a very organic album.” -BYBeth Yeckley
out of 10
September 21, 2010
Park the Van Records
Melt White is a feel good pop album with a heavy dose of personality, produced by the Lafayette-based band, Brass Bed. The band is comprised of: Jonny Campos (guitar, pedal steel, bass, vocals), Peter DeHart (drums, touches, vocals), Christiaan Mader (guitar, bass, vocals), and Andrew Toups (keys). They signed to Park The Van records last year (think Dr. Dog) and have developed a sound that pays tribute to the pop sensibility of the Beach Boys, the timeless—and quirky—nature of Elvis Costello, and their own blend of youthful energy that is good enough to be taken seriously.
Melt White ropes listeners in with songs like the emphatic “Miniature Day Parade” and the lullaby-esque “God Saves The Thieves.” The record boasts dreamy vocals backed by choirboy “ooohhhing” and “aaahhing”; the instrumentation ventures to folk-friendly territory with “Maybe It’s Not Me,” but stays largely in the realm of get-up-and-go percussion with tons of guitar chatter and jazzy keys to keep the record going. “Bums On The Radio” is one of my favorite songs on the album because it showcases all of Brass Bed’s influences and capabilities—milky vocals and a graceful tempo roll into very upbeat 60s instrumentation and quite a bit of fun; frenetic as it sounds, it still works and segues nicely into “Pop Mission” (which reminds me just a little bit of The Soft Pack). The band does a great job of leading listeners through what feels like a very organic album.