Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Let It Sway”


Where should I begin with this record? The third release by indie darlings, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin titled Let it Sway (Polyvinyl), is more than an album. It’s a piece of art.

For years the band has been known for their sugary pop tunes and songs that you “just can’t get out of your head,” but this time they have taken it to a whole new level. Working with Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla, and Sparklehorse’s Beau Sorenson, this is the first release that they did not record and produce themselves.

Notably a big step for the band, some wondered what if Walla changed too many qualities that we love about SSLYBY? Luckily, it worked in everyone’s favor as their music was enhanced not changed which is something very important when you have a formula that already works.

The opener “Back in the Saddle,” already proves the new found maturity of the band in the record. Starting off with a soft piano accompanied by Phil Dickey’s voice, the song starts to switch it up around the 2:40 mark with a pouncing beat, John Robert Cardwell’s vocals, and perfect, and I mean perfect harmonies. From the second the album starts there is not a dull moment which is very important. “Sink/Let it Sway,” the first single, draws you in even more with it’s pop hooks. A fun song that will have you up and dancing around the room in no time. “Banned (By the Man),” is where even more vocal magic comes in. The harmonies throughout every song is outstanding. The songs are well crafted from start to finish with no details being left out. Every instrument shines for itself, being emphasized at every point possible creating an epic barrier of sound.

“In Pairs,” makes me want to dance. There is something about it. The Dickey/Cardwell penned tune was also written by Grace Bentley, Phil’s wife (Congrats Newlyweds!). Though the vocal lines in the song are short, it works and it works well. “My Terrible Personality,” is another track that will have your ass out of the seat dancing. I can’t even properly review it because it just makes me want to have fun. This is something the Yeltsins are good at, very, very good at.

One of my personal favorite tracks from the record, “Everlyn,” sounds a bit heartbreaking, and oozes pure beauty. Clearly a song about lost love, it seems like it comes from a personal place that Cardwell knows all too well. I cannot get enough of this song and with first listen you will know exactly why. It’s beautiful in every way. “Oh Everyln, won’t you let me in?” croons Cardwell, invoking a great deal of emotion. Kudos to Will Knauer and Jonathan James for always being spot on with their playing.

“Stuart Gets Lost Dans Le Metro,” is the only song on the album that takes the band back in time a bit, proving they are still the Yeltsins that we fell in love with at the beginning. “All Hail Dracula!” which has been a fan favorite since the boys started playing it live at their shows in 2009, brings the record back up with a burst of energy once again. A witty song about vampires, this one will have you putting it on repeat.

Cardwell takes over the mic again after two Dickey songs for “Critical Drain,” and the harmonies are back in full force that will stop you in your tracks. The album gets a little darker with “Animalkind,” and borders on making you want to shake your ass and just sit and take it all in. It’s your choice. Make it a good one.

“Phantomwise,” is the epitome of how SSLYBY has grown on this record. It’s where everything fully pulls together. All of the elements of the album brought into one song. You can tell that the band has consciously made a decision to grow, but it doesn’t seem forced at all. It is the most natural progression you could ever expect. Closing for good with “Made to Last,” Let It Sway goes out with a BANG. A little on the haunting side, it makes for the perfect ending song, and if I had it my way, the album would just go on forever. It makes me hungry for more SSLYBY.

If you order the record from the band’s label, Polyvinyl Records, you get three bonus songs, “Bended,” “Cardinal Rules,” (The song about their hometown minor league baseball team), and “Tanks Jam.” Well worth ordering the disc or vinyl online.

Congratulations Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. You’ve made your best record yet. And we love it to pieces.

The band heads out on an extensive tour that starts this Thursday in Columbia, MO. Take a look at where they’ll be below.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Everlyn” by ModernMysteryBlog

SSLYBY Tour Dates

08/26/10 – Thu
Columbia, MO
Forrest Rose Park

08/28/10 – Sat
Springfield, MO
The Outland Ballroom

08/31/10 – Tue
St. Louis, MO
The Firebird

09/01/10 – Wed
Urbana, IL
Canopy Club

09/02/10 – Thu
Chicago, IL
Lincoln Hall

09/03/10 – Fri
Detroit, MI
Magic Stick

09/04/10 – Sat
Toronto, Canada
El Mocambo Club

09/06/10 – Mon
Montreal, QC, Canada
Casa del Popolo

09/07/10 – Tue
Cambridge, MA
TT the Bear’s Place

09/08/10 – Wed
New York, NY
Bowery Ballroom

09/10/10 – Fri
Washington, DC
Black Cat

09/11/10 – Sat
Philadelphia, PA
The Barbary

9/12/10 – Sun
Cleveland, OH
Grog Shop

09/13/10 – Mon
Columbus, OH
The Basement

09/30/10 – Thu
Graz, Austria
PPC

10/01/10 – Fri
Zagreb, Croatia
SC Teatar & TD

10/02/10 – Sat
Aflenz, Austria
Sublime

10/03/10 – Sun
Vienna, Austria
Chelsea

10/04/10 – Mon
Munich, Germany
Kranhalle

10/05/10 – Tue
Milano, Italy
Rocket

10/06/10 – Wed
Lausanne , Switzerland
Bleu Lezard

10/07/10 – Thu
Basel, Switzerland
Kaserne

10/10/10 – Sun
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
The Forum
Purchase

10/11/10 – Mon
London, United Kingdom
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen

10/12/10 – Tue
Ghent, Belgium
Democrazy @ Charlatan

10/13/10 – Wed
Düsseldorf, Germany
Pretty Vacant

10/14/10 – Thu
Leuven, Belgium
Stuk

10/16/10 – Sat
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Paradiso

10/17/10 – Sun
Hamburg, Germany
Molotow

10/18/10 – Mon
Aarhus, Denmark
Musikcafeen

10/20/10 – Wed
Stockholm, Sweden
Debaser

10/21/10 – Thu
Copenhagen, Denmark
Lades

10/22/10 – Fri
Berlin, Germany
Bang Bang Club

10/23/10 – Sat
Offenbach, Germany
Hafen 2

10/28/10 – Thu
Suttgart, Denmark
Jugendhaus West

11/01/10 – Mon
Omaha, NE
Slowdown Jr.

11/03/10 – Wed
Minneapolis, MN
7th Street Entry

11/04/10 – Thu
Ames, IA
Maintenance Shop

11/05/10 – Fri
Lawrence, KS
Jackpot Saloon and Music Hall

11/06/10 – Sat
Denver, CO
Hi-Dive

11/07/10 – Sun
Salt Lake City, UT
Kilby Court

11/10/10 – Wed
Nampa, ID
Flying M Coffee

11/11/10 – Thu
Seattle, WA
Neumos

11/12/10 – Fri
Vancouver, Canada
Biltmore Cabaret

11/13/10 – Sat
Portland, OR
Doug Fir Lounge

11/15/10 – Mon
San Francisco, CA
Bottom of the Hill

11/16/10 – Tue
Los Angeles, CA
Spaceland

11/18/10 – Thu
Santa Barbara, CA
Jensen’s

11/19/10 – Fri
La Jolla, CA
The Loft (UC San Diego)

11/20/10 – Sat
Phoenix, AZ
Trunk Space

11/22/10 – Mon
Austin, TX
The Mohawk

11/23/10 – Tue
Dallas, TX
House of Blues – Pontiac Garage

11/24/10 – Wed
Norman, OK
The Opolis

Modern Mystery Holiday Party Part Three

Welcome to the third installment of our Modern Mystery Holiday party! Today our list is filled with our favorite up and coming indie bands that will be making huge waves in 2010. Sit back with your glass of eggnog and enjoy reading!

Joe Paolucci-Modern Mystery Writer
Top Albums of 2009
 

 

Neko Case-Middle Cyclone
Grizzly Bear- Veckatimest
Kings of Convenience- Declaration of Dependence
Atlas Sound-Logos
Phoenix- Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Camera Obscura- My Maudlin Career
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-It’s Blitz!
Yacht- See Mystery Lights
Wye Oak-The knot
M.Ward-Hold Time …
Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse-Dark Night of the Soul
Black Moth Super Rainbow- Eating Us


Krista De La Rosa-Modern Mystery Writer

Top 10 Albums of 2009

1. Reservoir – Fanfarlo
2. The First Days of Spring – Noah and the Whale
3. Hospice – The Antlers
4. Actor – St. Vincent
5. Monsters of Folk – Monsters of Folk
6. Mean Everything to Nothing – Manchester Orchestra
7. Hold Time – M Ward
8. Aim and Ignite – Fun
9. 2.0 – The XX
10. My Maudlin Career – Camera Obscura

Ivy Weir- Modern Mystery Writer

The best albums of 2009 (in Ivy-Noelle’s humble opinion)

5. God Help the Girl- s/t
I love Belle and Sebastian…so of course I love this weird indie-musical written by Stuart Murdoch. Catherine Ireton’s voice is absolutely beautiful, especially when giving new life to an old Belle & Sebastian staple, “Funny Little Frog”. Plus, the eponymous track is essentially the themesong to my entire life, haha.

4. Handsome Furs- Face Control
I’m in love with Dan Boeckner. And his wife, too! Handsome Furs have a truly unique sound and they’ve perfected that on their second album. It’s different enough from Boeckner’s other band, Wolf Parade, to be interesting- but similar in the repetetive guitar hooks and almost yelped vocals. Seriously great.

3. The Duchess & The Duke- She’s the Duchess, He’s the Duke
I almost didn’t give this album a chance, but boy am I glad I did. It’s raw, lo-fi, garage acoustic indie rock goodness. The male vocals are purely rock-n-roll, and meshed with the female back-ups it’s a great, vintage, 1960s feel. The lyrics are blunt and honest and work extremely well with the overall sound.

2. M. Ward- Hold Time
In my mind, M. Ward can do no wrong (well…She & Him. But that’s just because of my irrational hatred for Zooey Deschanel). “Hold Time” is classic M. Ward at his best- soaring melodies that somehow still seem as simple as the Appalachian folksongs from which he draws influence. Production value on this album is much higher than his past works, but it works- and Ward’s raspy, unique voice still shines through. Indie superstar collaborations make this one of the best albums of the year, and certainly of M. Ward’s career.

1. Matt & Kim- Grand
This is the album that broke Brooklyn’s Matt & Kim onto the mainstream scene- with “Daylight” featured in a Bacardi commercial, many of their hardcore followers accused them of selling out. But who cares? They are making unique, perfect pop music and if they’re also making money, good for them! This album is fantastic- there’s not a bad track on it. The whole thing flows like one crazy dance party from beginning to end. I also had the pleasure of seeing the duo in concert in July, and it was one of the craziest experiences of my life. I hope these two keep making music for a long time.

Songs:
5. “All We Want, Baby, Is Everything”- Handsome Furs
4. “Good Ol’ Fashioned Nightmare”- Matt & Kim
3. “Insane Lullaby (ft. James Mercer)” -Dark Night of the Soul
2. “Empire State of Mind” – Jay Z and Alicia Keys
1. “Two Weeks”- Grizzly Bear

Tucker Riggleman-The Demon Beat

Top 10 Albums of the Year

1. Japandroids – Post-Nothing
2. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – It’s Blitz
4. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Bon Iver – Blood Bank EP
6. Dandelion Snow – It’s Just A Bad Dream
7. Lucero – 1372 Overton Park
8. Dead Weather – Horehound
9. Stephen MacDonald & The Okay Win – We Are Bound
10.Kevin Devine – Brother’s Blood

Explanations:

1. This record had such a huge impact on me that I braved it to D.C. to catch them at a small club, which is hard to do since I hate D.C. – my car was broken into and I had some valuable things stolen. I was barely upset because their show was so awesome.

2. I played the fuck out of this record at work last year. I was a hall security guard type of a thing and I would just blare this stuff. Probably didn’t make me seem any tougher. The hooks are monumental.

3. Took a while to grow on me, but the slow pretty songs are gorgeous and abundant.

4. Great summer record. “Summertime Clothes” is one of my favorite songs of the past 5 years.

5. Justin Vernon could shit on a CD and I’d buy it.

6. Good friends of ours. Myself and BIG BULLET RECORDS helped put this out. I love the way Roger can take a song and make it so everyone feels something.

7. Their most well-rounded album to date, though I’ll still prefer the old classics.

8. Raunchy as fuck. Love it.

9. Another BBR artist, this one from Massachusetts. Steve is heavily influenced by Kevin Devine and I think his record is better than the one Kevin put out this year.

10. I still liked “Brother’s Blood”, but the demos that KD put out all year leading up the the album are more intimate and better overall in my opinion than the final versions.

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

I’d say going to NYC and making a record in basically a day. It was surreal, and we are overwhelmingly happy with the results. Also, our first trip to NYC in late January was interesting. Jordan had a girl run on stage and stick a vial of weed in his shirt pocket while we were playing. Insane.

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

Seasonal alcoholic beverages.

Jordan Hudkins-The Demon Beat

JORDAN’S TOP TEN SONGS THAT HE LIKED OF THE YEAR:

1. Surfer Blood – “Take It Easy”

2. Henry’s Dress – “Zero/Zero/Zero”

3. Flake Music – “Sue Defender”

4. Kid Cudi – “Pursuit of Happiness”

5. The Who – “Tattoo”

6. Librarians – “Hard to Unwind”

7. Hammer No More The Fingers – “Nobody Knows”

8. Royal Bangs – “Poison Control”

9. Weezer – “Let It All Hang Out”

10. Enigma – “Return to Innocence”

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

The craziest thing that happened to ME this year was a wild rickshaw ride I took in Raleigh, NC. The driver took me and two friends up into a parking garage, and then we sped down the spiral exit ramp. It was like a ROLLERCOASTER. Apparently, this kind of behavior is forbidden for a rickshaw driver, thereby exponentially increasing the thrill-index of our lil’ adventure.

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

Cranberry Sierra Mist…but I think that is always available now. C’est la vie!

Adam Meisterhans- The Demon  Beat

1. i didn’t like any records that came out this year. especially not kevin devine records.
2. i started taking anti-depressants.
3. egg-nog.

Jason Meeks-Binary Marketing Show

cass mccombs — catacombs
grizzly bear – vecktimest
antony and the johnson’s — the crying light
tUnE yArDs — bird-brains
jim o’rourke — the visitor
micachu and the shapes — jewellry
animal collective — merriweather post pavillion
bill callahan — sometimes i wish we were an eagle
st. vincent — the actor

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

i guess it was breaking down in the middle of nowhere ohio while we were on tour and staying with complete strangers that told us their life stories. not to mention, some really weird secrets that we really didn’t want to know about..

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

i suppose the terrible holiday food to be consumed. it’s always fun to eat a 7 course meal that’s probably worth 5000 calories.

Abram Morphew-Binary Marketing Show

ennio morricone – la storia vera della signora dalle camelie
marissa nadler – little hells
thinguma*jigsaw – (awakeinwhitechapel)
blair harris – watercolor
bachelorette – my electric family
dead man’s bones – dead man’s bones
circulatory system – signal morning
bill callahan – sometimes i wish we were an eagle
two eyes meet redux – pop songs on illusions and tragedies
cass mccombs – catacombs

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

seeing a naked gentleman painting himself white in a field of burning trash.

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

the silence that follows snow.

Bethany Carder-Binary Marketing Show

Sun City Girls- Napoleon & Josaphine
Alela Diane- To Be Still
Mount Eerie- Winds Poem
Castanets- Texas Rose,the thaw and the beast
Woods Family Creeps- Woods family creeps
Dear Olive- the ocean the sea
Diane Cluck- black with green leaves
Larkin Grimm- Harpoon
Orion Rigel Dommisse- What I want from you is sweet
Bacherlorette- my electric family

Craziest Thing that Happened to You This Year?:

Newton Falls Ohio. Being lifted atop a flatbed, while sitting inside a jeep watching the rapid lights, strange feeling…yes

What do you love the most about the Holidays?

Sharing a few moments with the ones ya Love, however far they may be..or near. it’s a swell feeling