Thursday, April 9, 2015

The Straight A's - Scientist tape (1999)

The Straight A's, a co-ed San Diego trio were one of several predecessor bands entailing guitarist Jimmy LaVelle, who would eventually make a name for himself with/as The Album Leaf.  Nonetheless, the focal point of this particular project was Leilani Marie Clark whose emotive vox and clangly chords resonating through the lead-off track "Wash It All Away" make for a blissed-out, two minute surge of peerless indie pop.  The remainder of the cassette doesn't quite maintain "Wash's..." melodious momentum, but the Straight A's tempered angst is still worth delving into.

01. Wash it All Away
02. Bad Habits
03. Queen
04. Linear Regression

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