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Everything in Between
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Fat Possum
The Sky Is the New Ground
Polyvinyl Records

Rating: 8.8/10 ?

October 1, 2004
AM/FM are arguably the most consistent outfit that Polyvinyl has hooked up with to date and easily their most over-looked and under-rated asset. Unfortunately that means that the Pennsylvanian duo are left in the dark for a number of people. That should change with the release of their next album, at least judging by their latest offering, a four-song hors d'oeuvre that deliciously sheds some light on the tweaked pop genius behind the scenes of AM/FM.

With The Sky Is the New Ground Parsell and Sokel deliver a collection of short essays on life as seen through the bong-water afterglow of the Beach Boys' Smile sessions. That odd, almost carnival-like pop vibe is trimmed with flattering mixtures of acoustic guitars, fuzzy drum loops, angelic falsettos and assorted blips, bleeps and arrangements. "Mrs. Astronaut" is the stand out track on this four-song mini disc and is the kind of lush orchestral pop masterpiece that an entire album could be penned around. Wrought with rich guitars and swirling keyboards, The Sky Is the New Ground is the blown-out sound of magnificence AM/FM needs to move them from the liner notes to the headlines.

If this disc wasn't frustratingly short I'd tell you to run right out and buy it, but for its brevity I'll recommend you dub it from a friend if you can and save that hard-earned skrilla for the new Mighty Rime album. By whatever means necessary, check these songs out and be sure to rock them on the headphones at least a few times like you do with likes of The Lassie Foundation, Beach Boys, American Analog Set, and Yo La Tengo.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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