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The Seedy Seeds - Count The Days
(Eurodorable Recordings)
3 1/2 stars (out of 5 stars)
Reviewed: Nov. 27, 2009
The Seedy Seeds

Review by Tony Bonyata

It's kinda strange to think that the seemingly simple idiom of rock music is capable of reinventing itself time and time again. But as so many talented (and no so talented) artists have proved every since Little Richard first made his rallying battle cry of "A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!" for the genre 54 years ago - as long as you can keep mashing together different musical styles and genres there's virtually no end to the creative possibilities for this once perceived 'one-trick pony.' Such is the case for the Cincinnati duo The Seedy Seeds. On their sophomore full-length album, Count The Days, Mike Ingram and Margaret Darling infuse the unlikely musical bedfellows of electronica and folk and package it into pleasing, twee indie pop.

The tone of the album is immediately set with the cute pop song "Winter 04," which opens with a percolating disco synth line before a rustic banjo joins in with the fun. Other likeminded pop gems, such as "The Push," "On The Subject Of Our Past Selves" and the delectable "Losing Light" weave their way through some of the other decidedly more introspective numbers, such as the accordion-fueled "Dandelion," "Oh, Cincinnati" and the title track. On the timeless sounding number, "My Roots Go Down," the twosome successfully tap into the soul of The Carter Family's age-old country music, yet it's driven by a cute canned beat that would make even Moby smile.

While synthesizers bleep and ping amongst banjo, acoustic guitars and squeezebox, the real standout on these twelve songs is how natural Ingram and Darling's vocals meld into one irresistible, and even downright cuddly sound.

Some may call it a gimmick, but The Seedy Seeds' sunny marriage of American roots music with egghead techno know-how and catchy pop songs is, nonetheless, capable of getting your groove-thing in motion. Go ahead, pick this record up and trip the [candle]light fantastic.

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