A jangly, Smiths-like sound mixed with a drop of Orange Juice and a hint of Simon Le Bon produces breezy, carefree music
Sigh the Day Away, the closing track on Magic Bullets, the self-titled second album from the San Francisco five-piece, is the kind of hybrid of (mainly British) influences that shouldn't really work. At first, you find yourself playing spot the reference. A hint of the Smiths in the jangly guitar, a smattering of Orange Juice, a tiny bit of Simon Le Bon in the vocal (or is that just me?). But after a few listens the breezy, brilliantly carefree melodies nestle in and the song takes shape. Despite the title and general lyrical content ("It wouldn't hurt you to smile, why not try it out for a while"), the British love for melancholy doesn't hang heavy and there's a sprightly, college radio feel to it all.
Magic Bullets play SXSW at Emo's Jr in Austin on 17 March. Their album is out through Mon Amie Records on 21 March.