Clumsily named San Franciscans' beautifully arranged second album
Despite the departure of co-writer Tadas Kisielius to Seattle midway through recording, More Deep Cuts finds Dee Kesler’s Thee More Shallows Hexing their muscles far more than on their 2002 debut. A distillation of much of the last decade’s best US indie, it draws upon the likes of The Flaming Lips and Grandaddy’s Under The Western Freeway, melding these with more atmospheric, meditative influences like Slint. Kesler’s softly spoken vocals provide a focus around which his songs blossom in an often euphoric fashion, and the inspired use of strings and toy pianos to flesh out the sound is never overstretched. Deeply addictive.