Writing about Librarians' 2010 release Present Passed, a reviewer stated: "This excellent album finds album's full of adventure and capriciousness instead, even with short two-minute interludes like 'Island Jam' that fit wonderfully in the midst of a subtly complex album full of varying atmospheres and styles (from tropical-tinged pop to brooding folk)." Yes, it says 'album' three times in one sentence.
Anyway, it's a decent description of the psychedelic indie pop band's style, which has come a long way since releasing the group's debut Alright Easy Candy Stranger in 2006. Combining electronic sounds with traditional rock instrumentation and wistful vocals, this Morgantown band invites comparisons to plenty of Brooklyn-based bands like Grizzly Bear. It's hard not to believe if Librarians were based in a different city, they'd be getting the attention that seems to be reserved for mediocre bands based in hip scenes. Thanks to Pitchfork, the sub-genre of music to which Librarians would be placed is seemingly at its, and hopefully the band gets the listeners it deserves.
Album: Present Passed
For Fans Of: Grizzly Bear, Small Black, MGMT
DOWNLOAD: Librarians - Present Passed