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The Babies
Our House on the Hill - WOODSIST
FILTER Grade: 84%

By Paula Mejia on November 13, 2012

 

The Babies

The Babies create indie folk tunes that are, on the surface, sweet. Yet where Vivian Girls’ Cassie Ramone and Woods’ Kevin Morby display a refined talent is in having their most morbid thoughts still shimmer with a youthful glow. Fuzzy while never saccharine, Our House on the Hill dispels any notion of a sophomore slump. With the entrance of bassist Brian Schleyer, and solid, plucky guitarlines, the result is a sumptuous follow-up, particularly with “Get Lost,” while “Slow Walkin” hits as a rambling soundtrack to aimless highway drives. Reaching outward from their traditional garage-folk vibe, “That Boy” forays with down-home riffs and country licks, while “Baby” reverberates with a roaring wall of sound. Even with choruses like “I’ve been on the road for way too long” and “I want to die,” infectious hooks and sugar-sweet duets of oohs and ahhs still incite shaking hips and sheepish grins.

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