The Flat Five
It’s A World Of Love And Hope
Chicago’s The Flat Five would appear to have an identity crisis, and we’re all better off for it. A supergroup of musicians who have spent time in The Decemberists, Neko Case, Jakob Dylan, Iron and Wine and The New Pornographers, among others, though the band began as a one show a year affair, this first album solidifies them as a necessary and charmingly odd unending outfit.
Not surprisingly, the textures here are varied, from The Beach Boys style pop to chilling psyche-rock and all with warm harmonies and quirky melodies that are both bubbly, simple and irresistible. It’s a pretty listen, perfectly sunny and other times purposely languid, where banjos are just as welcome as ’70s soft-rock feelings, and transcend all cultural, gender and age demographics.