The Melody Unit

Odds Against Tomorrow

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The Melody Unit's 1999 debut Odds Against Tomorrow is a lesser-known, but noteworthy, album in the field of underground texture-pop; with all the lush dual guitars and subtle keyboards one would expect from music of this genre, and soft starry-eyed vocals to boot. Over half the songs have vocals, although plenty of spacey instrumental sections are tossed in between Kevin Kelly and Jessica Folsom's passages. This album is rocked-up a bit more than their 2001 follow-up, Choose Your Own Adventure, although by no means riotous. Occasionally the group busts into effect-washed noise passages, but, as one would expect from the name, the focus is generally on melody. The recording has some quirks, and it's certainly not as polished as their 2001 follow-up, but the roughness gives it a certain charm. For the uninitiated, the catchy tune "the Fugue" is a great entryway into the Melody Unit's universe. This is a well-rooted debut that shows a lot of potential.

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