Boomkat Product Review:
Having already given us a taste of their impeccable pop wares with the terrific single 'Hey Boy' (released last year on Goner), this talented bunch of (alarmingly young) musicians deliver their full-length via True Panther, a label that's currently home to up-and-comers like Delorean, Girls and Tanlines. Memphis manages to sound indebted to the greats of American pop, like Brian Wilson and Phil Spector yet without resorting to a retro production sound. Instead, the record sounds full, modern and detailed, thanks partly, no doubt, to the recording by Shane Stoneback, (a mixing engineer whose credits include Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells... and even the mighty N'Sync). Stacked with vocal harmonies and upbeat, breezy arrangements the album opens in fine fashion with the brilliant 'Phone' which packs a remarkably well-constructed, hook-laden song into just two minutes. The track is buoyed by horns, strings and harpsichord-like keyboard sounds, setting a template carried over into the equally inscrutable 'Little Red Radio' - a kind of cross between Teenage Fanclub and The New Pornographers. Upon its release last year, 'Hey Boy' sounded freakishly brilliant, but here it's just another track, nestled among songs that are easily its equals: 'Superball', 'Candy' and the excellent 'Skateland' in particular. Recommended.