Release Date: Oct 7, 2008
Record label: Park the Van
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
The Spinto Band make perky indie rock that sounds like a circus unravelling. In Moonwink's strange, happy world, barroom pianos bounce, sprightly scales twang from guitars, and drums rat-tat-tat with the energy of a Tango-fuelled toddler. Given that this is the Delaware band's seventh album, their exuberance is honourable. Several bursts later, however, and you're reaching for the pacifier.
Following up the their well-received 2006 effort, Nice and Nicely Done, Delaware indie rockers Spinto Band deliver more angular, rambunctiously creative pop on 2008's Moonwink. Although Spinto Band remain devoted to artful songcraft, longtime fans may find themselves missing some of the more emotionally resonant electro-pop of Nice and Nicely Done. Nonetheless, Spinto Band are a ceaselessly melodic ensemble and here they mix such pop touchstones as '60s psychedelic pop and '80s new wave with a kind of general indie pop sensibility.
There's an undeniably ramshackle charm to the Spinto Band, an unbridled exuberance that parallels the early work of labelmates Dr. Dog on an endless sugar high. The Delaware sextet blitzes through jittery pop tunes at breakneck speed behind Nick Krill's breathless trill, but Moonwink's fervent frenzy never allows the songs to hit with any substantive impact.