Release Date: Feb 24, 2015
Record label: Company Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Pop
The debut album from 25-year-old South Carolinian Keath Mead, released on Toro Y Moi’s label, likely won’t dazzle at first listen, but it quietly seeps into one’s consciousness, by virtue of old-fashioned merits: songcraft and melodies. In a sentence, you could say it’s Teenage Fanclub if they’d formed in the post-chillwave, post-electronica age. It’s pretty consistently sunny guitar pop, embellished with little washes of electronic sound by producer Chaz Bundick (Toro himself), but assembled so deliciously it’s hard to quibble.
South Carolina native Keath Mead is a self-taught musician, and from the sound of his debut album, Sunday Dinner, his education included lots of '70s soft rock, '90s power pop à la Teenage Fanclub, and 2000s chillwave. That last influence may be thanks to producer Chaz Bundick of Toro y Moi, who not only twirled the knobs but helped out with playing the music, too. The duo has crafted an unassumingly nice debut album, full of laid-back charm, pleasant hooks, and an overall feeling of peace and ease.
South Carolina singer Keath Mead’s first record, Sunday Dinner, brings all the comfort and sweet fatigue its title implies. The album is, at its core, a straight-ahead sunburst of power-pop, but it is steeped in an early-‘70s singer-songwriter tradition that marries laid-back vibes with lush production. “Waiting” combines swaying keyboards with the slight crunch of guitar chords.