Three years after disbanding the Los Angeles dream pop band Elysium, vocalist Jenny Adams and guitarist Rodney Rodriguez returned with their most realized sonic textures yet, with the Von Trapps. Joining them are drummer Matt Gleason, keyboardist Nick Marshall, and bass player Lief Bunting. This Is the Von Trapps is their debut EP, and Adams' and Rodriguez's ambitions for creating a lush, atmospheric sound both reflective of classic shoegazing threads of the early '90s and insular enough to breath new life into the genre certainly unfolds throughout this four-song set. Soft acoustic guitars weave around layered electric guitars as a mesh of synth beats and slight percussion shimmer throughout songs such as "Go With Me" and "Rollercoaster." The album standout, "Waiting," is supreme in heightening such musicianship. The Von Trapps' sure-fire presentation indicates an emotional warmth and confidence in both the band's sound and the band itself. This Is the Von Trapps is ill at ease throughout, and such a sound in 2002, ten years after dream pop's beloved shoegazing scene began to fade away, is more than enjoyable. It's well needed.
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AllMusic Review by MacKenzie Wilson