Halloween Alaska’s latest Too Tall To Hide, delivers a unique sound. It is tough to elicit a “warm” feeling from electronic music, but Halloween, Alaska has mastered that difficult task. There are flashes of the eighties, and peeks of bands like The Postal Service here and there, but ultimately this CD reaches out and seeps into the cracks with far more mood and substance.
A big, hearty salad of sound is the way to describe Hysterical Stars by Head of Femur. Musicians Matt Focht (vocals, guitar, also of Bright Eyes), Ben Armstrong (vocals, keyboards, drums, ex-Commander Venus) and Mike Elsener (vocals/guitar, also of Solar Wind) form the backbone of this Nebraska based indie rock “supergroup.” But Head of Femur has brought in a large number other players on their second full length album. Where else can you hear a trumpet, gong, glockenspiel and violin all wrapped up in a pop album?