My Solo Project

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All Music Guide - Michelle Cross
Bursting with euphoric energy, My Solo Project is a tremendous debut full-length from San Francisco's Mates of State. With organ, drums, and belted-out boy-girl harmonies, the Mates of State crank out a giant, joyous pop sound that needs no overdubbing or ornamentation to convey its exuberance. The keys-fronted lineup begs comparison to bands like Ben Folds Five and Quasi, but the Mates of State have built a freshness all their own, rejuvenating indie pop with unbelievable vigor. Vocalist/organist Kori Gardner has a honey-sweet voice that shifts easily from languorous to explosive within single songs, deftly intertwining with drummer/vocalist Jason Hammel's punctuated ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michelle Cross
Bursting with euphoric energy, My Solo Project is a tremendous debut full-length from San Francisco's Mates of State. With organ, drums, and belted-out boy-girl harmonies, the Mates of State crank out a giant, joyous pop sound that needs no overdubbing or ornamentation to convey its exuberance. The keys-fronted lineup begs comparison to bands like Ben Folds Five and Quasi, but the Mates of State have built a freshness all their own, rejuvenating indie pop with unbelievable vigor. Vocalist/organist Kori Gardner has a honey-sweet voice that shifts easily from languorous to explosive within single songs, deftly intertwining with drummer/vocalist Jason Hammel's punctuated yell-singing. The band's bouncy live sound excels on songs "La'hov" and "Everyone Needs an Editor," while songs like "Nice Things That Look Good" and "Ride Again" prove a solid ability to slow down and noodle. The momentum of My Solo Project is further sustained by the varied tempos and rhythms -- just a little loose around the edges -- that build from one to the next in a way that rigid rock beats so often miss. The simple, repetitive lyrics take on a poetic, jazzy quality, as one singer maintains the chorus line while the other solos with words -- reminiscent of fellow West Coast indie rock duo the Halo Benders. With this all-round impressive debut of passionate, accessible pop
ock, the Mates of State breath fresh excitement into the indie scene in a big way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2008
  • Label: Polyvinyl Records
  • UPC: 644110006110
  • Catalog Number: 61
  • Sales rank: 252,749

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Names (0:51)
  2. 2 Proofs (2:17)
  3. 3 What I Could Stand For (3:22)
  4. 4 La'Hov (3:46)
  5. 5 Nice Things That Look Good (4:27)
  6. 6 A Control Group (3:00)
  7. 7 Throw Down (2:31)
  8. 8 I Have Space (2:26)
  9. 9 Everyone Needs An Editor (2:54)
  10. 10 Tan/Black (3:57)
  11. 11 Ride Again (3:40)
  12. 12 More In Me (0:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mates of State Primary Artist
Technical Credits
John Croslin Engineer
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