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Published: 2013/08/25
by Nancy Dunham

The Olms
The Olms


It’s endearing that The Olms used an actual “pop” sound on “A Bottle of Wine Etc.,” a track on the duo’s self-titled album. The Olms are Pete Yorn and J.D. King, who have released one of the brightest ‘70s- styled pop releases in years. The album’s 10 tracks are raw—think distinct guitar chords over shaking tambourines—and fun in the spirit of pop tunes by The Beach Boys, The Cowsills and The Smithereens. If you’re looking for deep Beck or, hey, even Justin Timberlake, lyrics, then move along. The songs such as “Twice As Nice” and “What Can I Do,” are not only mono-sounding ditties but also combine lyrics and music to create audio portraits of sunny times when kids hung Donny Osmond posters on their bedroom walls and debated whether they should hold hands with their high school heartthrobs. “I just called to say, ‘Hello’/ I love you, all the time,” the lyrics to “On the Line” read. That’s exactly how a trip away from modern-day musical cynicism feels, thanks to The Olms.

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