The Eames Era

Second EP

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With the soaring vocals of Ashlin Phillips out front and twin guitars that alternately chime and grind, Eames Era suggests the eager pop underground of the early '90s, from Velocity Girl through the host of bands dropping 7"s on little labels like Slumberland. Eames offers four songs on its initial recording for the New Orleans-area imprint C Student; in an earlier era, it might've been on vinyl itself. "You May Not Know My Name" is a particular standout with its slyly threaded, engagingly trebly guitar lines and squelchy effect add-ons, "Could be Anything" bounces along effortlessly, and "All of Seventeen" is another song about growing up that ends up working well because of clever lyrics ("We did a lot of drugs/Or so we said....") and the scratchier side of Eames Era's sound. They might want to explore this louder element on future releases -- it streaks their cutesy indie tendencies with rakish, garagey silt.

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