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Friday, March 23, 2012

Saturday To-Do: The See

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 9:18 AM

The See plays a record release show at Stickyz Saturday night.
  • The See plays a record release show at Stickyz Saturday night.

9 p.m. Stickyz. $5.

As promised some months back, the guys from The See have emerged from the studio cocoon to deliver their first long-player, "Pretending and Ending." We got a copy of the album here at Times HQ and after a few spins, it's undeniable that this is one of the best-sounding albums to come out of Little Rock since, well, ever.

The fact that the songs are great doesn't hurt either, but I really can't overstate the quality of production going on here. It's big-sounding like the best Arcade Fire tracks, but unlike that crew of Canucks, The See's big-sounding-ness skews joyful and unpretentious. I way dig those "whoa-oh" and "Hey!" group choruses on, respectively, "Storytelling" and "Hey."

But the album has peaks and valleys; it's not turned up full-blast the whole time. There's a contemplative feel throughout, like the party's over and it's kind of a bummer, but everything is going to be all right. "I Missed It" is an understated lamentation underpinned with strings and piano and which culminates with a slow build and a guitar solo that has just the right touch of '80s radio rock. "Curtains" closes things out on a crashing note, with a fury of drum fills and screeching guitars.

Opening the show is the charmingly left-field pop act Sea Nanners.

Check out "Bring it Back" by The See after the jump.

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