What's with the band? Rec Center.
First, the pertinent background: Veteran Tampa Bay Area indie-scene singer-songwriters Susie Ulrey(Pohgoh, The Maccabees (U.S.)) andMichael Waksman (The Washdown, Zillionaire) have turned a longtime casual collaboration into a gorgeous collection of compelling, thoughtful and artfully composed tunes that balance wistful maturity with a certain earnest and eternally young expression. Not quite pop, not quite anything else, these songs feature an amazingly comfortable balance between the two singers' influences, sounds and styles.
That's pretty good, right?
Now, we'll throw in some contextually vague and wholly subjective qualifiers. "Bouncily eclectic and occasionally jazzy." "Accomplished." "Melancholia cut with generous amounts of hook and hope." "Subtly dynamic and insidious in their beauty." Music scribes, thy work is done. No, wait; some comparisons are in order. Rec Center sounds like Rilo Kiley laying shoulder to shoulder with the Weakerthans in a field of high Wilco as a gentle breeze made of the best '70s AM Gold heralds autumn's arrival.