BY JOHN B. MOORE
Given the quiet vibe coming off this Missouri band’s latest record, I’m feeling a little self-conscious about this review, like maybe the font is too big or I shouldn’t use any caps at all for fear that it be misinterpreted as yelling. Through the breezy guitar chords and Jonathan James’s nearly whispered vocals, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is definitely building on the more mature foundation they started with 2010’s Let it Sway.
On this, their fourth effort for Polyvinyl, the band still manages to pull of some great, breezy pop songs (“Cover All Sides” being among the best in this batch), but there are also a couple that sound tossed together. At just 10 songs, there’s no fucking around on this one, just a quick set of airy indie pop songs.
On hearing songs like “Lucky Young,” where the band has some fun experimenting with different effects and poppy “bop-bop-bop” backing vocals, you can’t help but feel a little let down that they didn’t experiment a bit more on this one.
DOWNLOAD: “Cover All Sides,” “Lucky Young” and “Unearth”