Release Date: Jun 5, 2012
Record label: Modern Outsider
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
I wish The O.C. was still airing for a myriad of reasons, including Kirsten’s perpetually worried face and Ryan’s short-lived choker. Another is that so the closing track, “Surfing the Human Heart,” from Pomegranates’ Heaven could appear in it. The coming-of-age lyrics (“I have seen a lot of shit in my day / But I’m too young to quit they say / So I carry on,” and “If I had never been wrecked a car before / I’d still wonder what the airbags were for / But I’m older now”) make this heartache cut ideal to swim beneath the current of a long-awaited poolside slowdance.
For a genre that defines itself by working outside of convention and following its own set of rules, indie rock has followed a fairly standard formula for mainstream success in recent years. A tight song structure, a hook-heavy chorus, and a few lush, poppy guitar lines can carry even the most under-the-radar bands to heights that once seemed implausible just over a decade ago. Just look at what it did for Modest Mouse.