For Nearby Stars

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Beneath the radar of commercial clamor, VPN (for Very Pleasant Neighbor) quietly puts out a refreshingly simple pop album. Taking cues from Bob Pollard's more melancholic moments in Guided By Voices by eschewing trendier pop soundscapes, the New York foursome is content to proffer harmonies with male and female voices taking center stage at any given moment, and melodies that, while lacking the ability to stick in your head very long after a listen, make a strong impact while following along and taken as a whole. The band has been around for a decade, and For Nearby Stars is only the second full-length release, proving that anything good is worth waiting for, and, in the case of this indie release, searching for as well.

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