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Recipe for Sunblock
Songs Through Screen Doors

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I always want to thank people who are genuine with me, who are heartfelt and amicable - not just musically, but personally, of course. When this CD arrived with a personal note inside asking me to review it, two things popped into my head- one, if it sucks, I'm going to feel really bad giving it a negative review… and two, it's always really nice to have people wanting to extend their personal outlet my way, looking for an opinion.

Thought one was not an issue. Recipe for Sunblock, better known as a music fan by the name of John Mills, creates crystal-clear indie pop melodies with plenty of nutrition and flavor. Nutrition, because his instrumental ability is notable on the release, adding lush or garage-inspired dynamics wherever they're most fit. Flavor, because the tracks are infectious, heartily enjoyable, and attention-grabbing.

From the disc's packaging to the folksy pop gems themselves, the grainy, natural feel of this release has not been so well-captured in an EP since AM/FM's Audiot, which is also a clear sonic point-of-reference. Other names that immediately spring to mind are Kind of Like Spitting - who would fittingly enjoy, if not emulate, "The Classifieds" presented here - and R.E.M., whose autumnal and classic talent is no doubt an inspiration.

"Plans and Statistics" feels like a follow-up to AM/FM's "Time Flows Much More Slowly This Way," mingling heavy guitar bursts with acoustic rhythm pacing and a sneaky momentum that, while not overstated, still draws its audience to a proficient, energetic instrumental close. "Put You Down" replicates a similar hook: highlighting the earnest songwriting, sweeping intelligence and tightly bridled complexity to grace so many beloved Built to Spill albums.

Decidedly lo-fi and marked by instantly likeable vocals and musical prowess, the Songs Through Screen Doors EP was a lucky gift for me, and I'd like to thank Mr. Mills for being hospitable enough to share. Thought two in check, I'm more than happy to share in kind.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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