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Feel Spectres — Feel Spectres

Joshua Boydston June 24th, 2010

Indie is quite an umbrella term in music classification, with everything from Animal Collective to Yo La Tengo falling somewhere within its scope. But then there are those quintessential alt/indie groups like Pavement and Pixies whose picture would appear beside the term in the latest edition of Merriam-Webster.

And that seems to be where Oklahoma City's Feel Spectres is getting its cues.

The quartet's self-titled debut, courtesy of local label Nice People, is 37 minutes of purist indie-rock goodness, the sort of music you heard the cool college kids in mid- to late-'90s sitcoms listening to. Even better, the album follows a sort of story arc, springing from "Slanted and Enchanted" and landing in "The Moon & Antarctica," along the way managing to find its own, and surprisingly current, sound.

The solid musical cast — bassist April Tippens Mays, guitarist Mike Mays, guitarist/keyboardist Matt Goad and drummer Al Cory, all of whom share vocal duties — speeds through the 12 tracks with tight, percussive arrangements that rear against the sometimes dreamy, sometimes howling vocals.

Feel Spectres doesn't necessarily struggle with slower, contemplative ballads ("Feels Right," "The Secret Man"), but seem especially competent picking up the pace " and cranking up the volume " on foot-tappers like "Vampire Bop" and "Moon."

Released last week, "Feel Spectres" was recorded with Chris Harris at Hook Echo Sound in Norman. If the album lacks anything, it's a singular standout moment. The group gets ridiculously close on "Blow Up the Moon," the most thrilling, crowd-leasing jaunt on the entire release, but stops just short of complete destruction.

But it's a pretty easy fix: Feel Spectres just needs to set its lasers on "kill" instead of "stun."

The album is available online and at Guestroom Records and Size Records. For more information, visit —Joshua Boydston

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