Discovery: The Layaways
No one would accuse the Layaways of being original, but no one would be right to say they’re strictly derivative. The Velvet Underground and its prime apostle, Yo La Tengo (but only at YLT’s most song-based) echo through the fuzz and chime of a lovely little song like “Come Back Home,” but the casual harmonies take the tune some place else, maybe to Nuggets-land, maybe to a miniaturist Oasis, maybe to some place where reference is no longer necessary.
So, the Chicago trio of Nathan Burleson Mike Porter and David Harrell make modest, moving, refreshingly un-mentalist guitar pop that if they had mod-pretensions would have the Yellow Pills anglophilic faction hooked and strung out. As it stands, they use the internets brilliantly (no surprise, as Harrell is a longtime blogger at Digital Audio Insider). All of their albums are available for free download at their web home, and they tweet and Myspace and Jango and Last.fm effectively, but unobtrusively.