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To Dreamers
     

To Dreamers

by Kelley Stoltz
 
Kelley Stoltz is in a '60s state of mind on his fourth Sub Pop record. Like his past albums, To Dreamers mixes endearing retro-pop pastiche with homemade production, a move that pays homage to Stoltz's influences -- Ray Davies, Brian Wilson, Gene Clark, and other heavyweights

Overview

Kelley Stoltz is in a '60s state of mind on his fourth Sub Pop record. Like his past albums, To Dreamers mixes endearing retro-pop pastiche with homemade production, a move that pays homage to Stoltz's influences -- Ray Davies, Brian Wilson, Gene Clark, and other heavyweights from yesteryear -- without directly aping their sound. The guitar riffs are appropriately fuzzy but a tad messy; the harmonies are well-placed but imperfect. Stoltz is a vintage enthusiast, but he's no copycat, and To Dreamers' best quality is his ability to reinterpret those sounds for an audience weaned on lo-fi albums. "Pinecone," with its woodwinds and jangled guitar chords, is the sort of British pop song that's tailor-made for the lazy dog days of summer, while "Little Girl" bears the markings of a Nuggets inclusion. It's far too easy to trace Stoltz's songs back to the artists who inspired them -- there's a Byrds tune here, a Paul McCartney song there -- but that seems to be the point, with Stoltz presenting himself as the ultimate pop music fan instead of the ultimate pop songwriter. Bonus: he covers Big Boy Pete's "Baby I Got News for You," with Pete Miller himself lending plenty of fuzz guitar to the version.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2010
Label:
Sub Pop
UPC:
0098787089028
catalogNumber:
70890

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Performance Credits

Kelley Stoltz   Primary Artist
Chuck Prophet   Slide Guitar
Bart Davenport   Background Vocals
Pete Miller   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Overdubs
Marc Capelle   Trumpet
Kevin Ink   Bass
Julian Wu   Acoustic Guitar
Rusty Miller   Percussion,Piano
James Kim   Drums
Garth Steel Klippert   Trumpet
Jeffrey Luck Lucas   Cello
James Finch Jr.   Acoustic Guitar
Heidi Alexander   Background Vocals
Grace Cooper   Background Vocals
Jamin Barton   Saxophone
Sarah Bethe Nelson   Vocals
Mikey Young   Guitar
Brock Gallard   Guitar

Technical Credits

Pete Miller   Composer
Mike Gabriel   Cover Design
Kelley Stoltz   Composer,Instrumentation
J.J. Wiesler   Engineer
Sasha Barr   Cover Design
Drew Zajicek   Engineer
Robbie Simon   Cover Design

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