Release Date: Mar 22, 2005
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
The Radar Bros. have made a career out of sounding both glacial and sun-baked. Their albums are models of consistency, never varying much from the stately rhythms, and The Fallen Leaf Pages is no great departure; in fact, it is for the most part a carbon copy of the records that have come before it. As before, each resolutely midtempo song is based around gently strummed guitars and layers of synths and pianos topped by Jim Putnam's strangled wisp of a voice.
San Francisco's Radar Brothers might be the most fascinating boring band in America. Nothing in the band's toolkit predates Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," which was itself a bit the souped-up throwback. The lyrics sketch scenes but don't fill in. The music, with its slow-thawing hooks and off-kilter whistling, surveys the ghosts of dead emotions.