It isn't hard to identify the artists this Phoenix five-piece
enjoys the most. I hear echoes of Harry Nilsson and 10CC
on some selections, Air, Grizzly Bear, and Devendra Ban-
hart on others. Of course, it could always be coinciden-
tal; they may simply share similar musical influences.
harmonies, the atmospheric organ work, and the T. Rex-like
rhythms. On the whole, their second disc is a pretty eclectic
affair—at times, they even sound like an old funk-rock band.
Except for a misguided attempt at reggae stylings and a few
awkward lyrical passages, I rate Bloom Cheek a success.
Too Late for Roses, Debut, Launchpad [6/1/10]
Kark von Kries has a full-throated style, but he evokes too many other arena-rock guys, from Bono to Scott Stapp (he also handles flute and percussion). If the band is angling for a major label deal, that could be to their advantage, but I prefer more distinction.
Endnote: For more information about What
Laura Says, please click here or here; for Too
Late for Roses, here. Image from Planetary Group.