The Don't Tells

Our Separate Ways

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Although it was three years in the making, the second album by the Don't Tells has the scrappy live in the studio sound of an album that was knocked out over a long weekend. Singer/songwriter Casey Prestwood, in his spare time from his day gig as lead guitarist for Hot Rod Circuit, leads alongside his wife, keyboardist and co-lead singer Kate Prestwood, and the appealing interplay of their casual, diffident vocals -- Kate tending towards wry helium-pitched monotone, Casey using an indie-slacker drawl of the Stephen Malkmus variety -- is the band's primary calling card. Listening to Our Separate Ways, it's easy to come up with musical touchstones for these organ-driven, clattery indie rock tunes -- early Yo La Tengo, when Dave Schramm was still in the band, being the most obvious -- but the Prestwoods have so few pretensions to anything beyond catchy pop songs with occasional nods to country twang and Crazy Horse buzz that claims of derivativeness simply miss the point.

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