Ramesh Srivastavaâ€™s Austin indie band Voxtrot has gotten no shortage of love from the blogosphere. I shouldnâ€™t have to write here to let you all know that Playlouder/Beggars has released the groupâ€™s eponymous first full length. But here we are.
For some reason, it hasnâ€™t gotten as much hype as I thought it would. Iâ€™ve always found the bandâ€™s EPs to be a mixed bag: Sometimes great pop, other times precious twee. The album is the same, but thankfully itâ€™s much more good than bad. And like their three EPs, when Voxtrot gets it right, the results are masterful: 10 smart, harmonical, and densely lyrical pop songs, and one that should have been left off the album (“Real Life Versionâ€). My particular favorite is â€œFirecracker,â€ with itâ€™s poetic, introspective hook: â€œOh, did you turn your back on me?/Or did. I. Turn. My. Self./Oh, against myself, oh?â€ Voxtrot are proof that one doesnâ€™t have to be dumb to be accessible.
And I often see the band compared to the Shins and Belle and Sebastian, but I donâ€™t see it. Iâ€™ve never enjoyed the Shins and other than their most recent record Belle and Sebastian donâ€™t do it for me either. Those bands seem so intellectual as to be cold. But Voxtrot has hooks and lines that are not only pop, but are relatable.
And a few classics:
Shayla (Blondie cover)-Ramesh Srivastava