The Actual Tigers watch their own reflection while plucking Americana stylings and indie pop on their debut, Gravelled and Green. It's quite reminiscent of the inquisitive adventures of Simon & Garfunkel, but offers charming soundscapes of early Wilco and the quirky funk of G. Love & Special Sauce. Frontman Tim Seely's boyish vocals swivel around his teasing guitar work, and tracks like "Standing By" and "Bad Day" spark a summery, laid-back feel calling out similar jaunty vocals of Elliott Smith. The Actual Tigers are rhythmically tight, offering eclectic instrumentation with a shiny brass section ("Time and Space") and easy acoustics ("End of May"). Their own musical convention is strictly theirs, and the Actual Tigers waltz into something interesting on "Gravelled & Green." It's refreshing thanks to its use of artistical beauty over rowdy riffing, avoiding dramatics and rock & roll chaos.
AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson