Boomkat Product Review:
Having expanded on the sound of earlier Throw Me The Statue efforts, Scott Reitherman (once the band's sole constituent) has since recruited three other musicians and the services of big shot indie rock producer Phil Ek (whose credits include The Shins, Built To Spill and Band Of Horses) who well and truly mixes his way out of Reichman's once fairly lo-fi corner. Capitalizing on the pop brilliance scattered across TMTS's Moonbeams debut album, Creaturesque raises the stakes with big productions like 'Tag', whose blissful and spacey tones seem to warmly embrace your ears over the song's snappy duration. Although at times rooted in good, old fashioned US college rock, this band's vocabulary is supplemented by some flourishes of very modern, baroque configurations: 'Dizzy From The Fall' is another standout moment, one that channels Kevin Barnes' ear for elaborate, uptempo arrangements whilst sinking its ample hooks deep under the skin. You'd have to say that track-by-track there's nothing quite so memorable as Moonbeams' 'Lolita' on Creaturesque, but taken as a whole this record feels like a firm step forward for Reitherman and chums, and surely by this point an ascent into the US indie A-list can't be too far away.