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The Rosebuds
The Rosebuds Unwind EP
Merge Records

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


July 15, 2005
Listening to the Rosebuds can be a lot like trying to scold a child who has been adorably bad - try as you might, you can't help but give in. Their music is blithe, charming and warm enough to melt the iciest fašades. The Rosebuds Unwind EP is their newest summery reminder that there's no better time for playtime than right now.

That's not to say they don't have sophistication - they just express everything, including elegance, with great joy. It is refreshing in a world of musical sad sacks to hear a band that can be both contented and serene, and the Rosebuds pull this off brilliantly. Too nuanced to be twee (and too catchy to be dismissed), the Unwind EP feels especially good while soaking up the sun.

"El Camino" bears a very small sonic resemblance to Coldplay's "Yellow," dressed down in slow acoustics and genuine intimacy. As it builds a tower to the heavens, sliding in crunchy guitars and soaring vocals it extends a trusted hand to hold while joining in an irresistible climb. "Is There Room?" is a tentative, dreamy affair that explores oceans over skies, becoming immersed in a reflective feeling, inevitably sinking while asking the titular question. It feels depressed, not by sadness, but by weight. Ever-present howls moan in the backdrop, recalling a wind whipping overhead, grounding overthought in reality.

"Unwind" is reminiscent of Matt Berninger's prize project, The National, with its shining low notes, but expresses its enchantment with a friendly, laid back samba, epitomizing the track's title. Here, the EP truly sets in with welcoming wonder and, as we're among friends, every stylistic turn feels comfortable.

So when presented with the devilish "Edmund Street," we have been sufficiently cradled and eased to anticipate its dark undercurrent. We, as an audience, can still feel safe and enjoy its mischievousness without fear of anything but fun. Warmed up, "I'd Feel Better" is rollicking and carefree - with even a trace of a snarled lip - but, like a quiet friend who loses his self-consciousness onstage, we can feel sufficiently proud and delighted. Its sound, best described as C-86-meets-garage rock, is precious, simple and undeniably infectious.

"You Better Get Ready" rounds out the diverse and winning EP with the most fervent abandon. With a touch of reverb, attitude and blood-boiled release, it shows that, while still dignified, the Rosebuds have left any trace of hesitation behind as they roar into oblivion. Among friends and fans, hearts will no doubt be pumping in time. It takes a certain amount of greatness to be both completely uninhibited and completely inviting, and Unwind proves the Rosebuds have this quality in spades.

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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