The Little Ones
The Dawn Sang Along - BRANCHES RECORDING COLLECTIVE
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Clare R. Lopez on March 4, 2013
It might take a listen or two or twelve before an album title connects with the music behind it. But The Little Ones seem to offer up exceptions to this rule like no other group around. This Los Angeles band crafts bright, effervescent melodies that have summertime written all over them. The earliest showing of their knack for apt titles and poptimistic sensibilities was 2006’s Sing Song EP; not tapping your toes to those tunes was impossible. It was only a matter of time before their first full-length sun shower, 2008’s Morning Tide, broke through the clouds. Now, their follow-up and latest ode to everything sunny is The Dawn Sang Along. While it stays true to their signature sound, the album also adopts surf guitar licks (“Boy on Wheels”), tropical tones (“Catch the Movement”), bossa nova beats (“Art in the Streets”) and a funky flare (“Body”). Sun, sun, sun…here it comes.