The Fresh and Onlys: House Of Spirits
Rock bands often rely on ‘analog’ production for that fuzzier, crackling effect—then dive too far in, leaving songs lost in the haze. San Francisco’s The Fresh and Onlys perfect the balance on fifth LP House Of Spirits, allowing frontman Tim Cohen’s simple, plaintive melodies to shine right through the warm, woozy guitars. Like previous records, elements of garage, light psychedelic and surf rock poke around the 10-track Spirits, but aside from the ragged, almost-punky “Hummingbird,” Cohen prefers a softer edge here. “Bells of Paonia” finds a lonesome, mournful vocal over a bed of static guitar. And “April Fools” is such a joyous, bopping love song that Cohen delivers, “She said I love you on Valentine’s Day…I went to sleep with a smile on my face” like a teenager in love.