The Capitol Years

Meet Yr Acres

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As the solo debut from Mastercaster founder Shai Halperin, aka Shai, Son of Eli, the Capitol Years, who have since expanded to become an actual band, have taken a good first step with Meet Yr Acres. Generally a lo-fi affair, with tracks like "Roller's Row" and its steady garage band drive, feedback-soaked solos, and distorted vocals recalling Guided By Voices, the Minders, and Wolf Colonel, Halperin displays a similar penchant for memorable pop hooks, as well. Still, in more pensive moments, such as the country-tinged "Faces and Beer" and stripped-down "Here Comes...," Halperin almost recalls a Beck sensibility. While the soaring choruses of "Rolling Hills" seem to borrow melodically from Mott the Hoople's "All the Young Dudes," Halperin's multi-tracked voice and lush passages are indicative of a more sophisticated pop aesthetic layering below the lo-fi exterior. To be sure, "Supper" sounds like the Grateful Dead channeling Rubber Soul-era Beatles, just as Halperin's hypnotic cover of the Velvet Underground's "All Tomorrow's Parties" shows a reverence for the masters. Altogether, an extraordinarily solid study in deceptively primitive sounds.

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