My Body Sings Electric - They Don't Want Music
Record Label: Self-Released
Release Date: June 19th, 2009
From the western border of the Midwest hails the next clamorous installment of (self described) "Lounge-Core." My Body Sings Electric has found a way to capatalize on precedents set by Dance Gavin Dance, Gatsby's American Dream, and Circa Survive with well-worn tone that is palatable but lacks novel pursuits. What sets this band apart from the rest of the pack is the hint of promise hidden in each song. It is the lyrical ambition on "Never Left the Ground," the precise drumming on "Shot In The Dark," and the culmination of tone near the end of "Hold My Hands Up" that show this band is capable of bigger things should their potential be penned.
At the onset of the record, My Body Sings Electric draws on easily discernible influences with a cut-and-paste methodology that comes across as enjoyable but played out. The spaced-out guitars can sometimes appear to be incoherently dueling at times, yet find solicitous moments to culminate their efforts. Despite these periods of musical rambling, Jason Bower and Kalen Bigg use their rhythmic strengths to tie each track together with Kaddisfly-esque distillation. Standout tracks like "Monster," and "Steadfast, Captain" give hope that with time this band will step beyond their current paradigm and create something so new and beautiful that it cannot be dismissed. Until then, recycled hooks and admirable instrumentation will have to suffice.