Memoirs at the End of the World
Sep 25, 2009 Web Exclusive
On its second proper full-length album (discounting 2008's By The Numbers covers collection), The Postmarks have created epic, cinematic, multi-instrumental pop that meets every lofty ambition of its authors while remaining accessible enough to translate to the masses with its beautiful melodies and alluring soundscapes. The tone is set with the sweeping strings and ebullient horns of album opener "No One Said This Would Be Easy," and a similar grandiosity is present throughout.
Memoirs is about all things big—big melodies, big orchestrations, big, lush musical backdrops—but the instrumental grandeur is always presented with the most careful eye (and ear) to detail. The multi-instrumental layering never overwhelms but provides the perfect vehicle for the songs, and the execution is never heavy-handed. The vocals, sung in a smooth, enchanting voice, bring forth the melody and mystery inherent in these songs. It is easy to see the film score influence in these songs. It could be the soundtrack to your favorite 1950s film. (www.thepostmarks.com)
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