Static Films has been in the works for approximately seven years, and Force Over Distance is the project's debut album. Vocalist Mark Trecka's voice is the primary feature, although Trecka has a host of others to fill in and help flesh out the material. Most of the songs seem to float right by, gentle in their delivery and coming in somewhere between folk, indie pop, and dreamy, swirling rock. Trecka delivers his lines calmly, never forced, at times sounding like Dave Matthews, at other times like Chris Martin of Coldplay, but most of the time just like himself and no other. The songs flow well on their own, one coming in at only two minutes, while the opener is over 12 minutes long and everything else is somewhere in between. The only occasional annoyance is when Trecka tries to force his voice beyond where it's meant to go, or when he keeps repeating the same thing over and over, as on the last track, "Song for Emily," with its repeating line of "na-na-na-na." There is still a need for some of this to be polished up a bit, but not too much. Most of it is just right the way it is: lo-fi and basic, but heartfelt and honest.
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AllMusic Review by Kurt Morris