Discovery: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin’s pop sway
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is a few months late for the Summer Jam of 2010 sweepstakes, but I’d like to take this opportunity to retroactively nominate the Springfield, Mo. indie rockers.
“Sink / Let it Sway,” from the new album Let it Sway is a flawless (OK, the slash in the title makes it hard to announce on air), 3-minute flare from the heart of the power pop sun: From the kick drum bomp and toned-up guitar (if that’s not a Jaguar through a Fender Deluxe, I don’t know what could be), to the attention to detail (hear those intricate harmonies in the first 10 seconds?) and the bah-bah-bah at 1:40, the tambourine to the minimalist keyboard grind, the handclap-and-hard-driven-guitar outre to the lyrical hooks. I never believe pop fans who say they don’t listen to lyrics. Do they really think “MMMBop” would be “MMMBop” without Mmm-bop? And no, SSLYBY hasn’t gone bubblegum, but from the witty opening lines — “Pretty girls don’t just park where they want to / They gotta go around in circles like we all do” — to the recognition that “everything is not OK,” the band gets the simple but necessary psychological insight of pop therapy: “No miracle is gonna happen when you feel that way — Hang low but you gotta let it sway. Come on now!”
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin will be at the Firebird tonight, August 31.
“Sink / Let it Sway” – Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin