Steeped in layers upon layers of guitars, keyboards, organs, and samplers, the Swells' Yesterday's Songs is an album of extremely enjoyable dream pop reminiscent of Luna and My Bloody Valentine. This Austin four-piece handles an impressive range of instruments, all of which combine to produce a work of lush atmospherics, sometimes sprawling, sometimes sharp and succinct. Most of the tracks here are slow-to-medium paced, yet Yesterday's Songs is by no means a depressing album: the overall mood is one of spacey bliss. Songs such as "The Very Bad Year" and "The Light That Goes Out," with their hazy melodies and sprawling instrumentation, are prime examples of what makes this album a gorgeous collection of blissed-out indie rock.
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AllMusic Review by Brandon Gentry