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Goodbye Goodbyes
Goodbye Goodbyes EP
Omnibus Records

Rating: 6.5/10 ?

June 27, 2005
Ratings can be deceiving. Don't get me wrong as I give this a 6.5 out of 10 - this EP is really great. Two tracks are utterly smashing, in fact, and when I give my ultimate critique, I must say I wish there were more than just four songs.

The Good Goodbyes are composed of Marty and Neal from indie darlings The Shins, Howard Hamilton of the Busy Signals and Ryan Holmes on percussion. If you're a Shins fan, you should very easily enjoy this piece, and with any luck you'll search it out for a listen.

If you'd like a roadmap of the aforementioned 'smashing' tracks, the first is an instrumental entitled "Fantastic Caverns", and is a slow burner of sorts. In it, the Good Goodbyes manage to wave a very bustling yet subdued atmosphere initially, then punctuate it with a short cadence. The song then resumes with renewed vigor, flourishing into many intertwining elements.

Its counterpart is "A Million Bees", the most straightforward bit of indie pop on this EP. Easy rhymes fall over a poppy beat with high spirits; we are left to rhetorically question, what more could you ask for?

The two slightly weaker tracks ("Unhinged," "Sure and Steady Towards the Coast") don't quite hold up, but in their own right they are pleasant. The electronic element provided by Howard Hamilton is fair and complementary, and on "Sure and Steady Towards the Coast", its effectiveness is quite apparent.

There is no doubt this project will only get better as it builds momentum, and I, for one, am very excited for a full release from the Good Goodbyes as they come into their own.

Reviewed by Abi Huynh
A contributing writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Abi Huynh enjoys film and music that most people criminally ignore.

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