Punknews.org
Outdoor Velour - Portrait (Cover Artwork)

Outdoor Velour

Outdoor Velour: PortraitPortrait (2012)
self-released

Reviewer Rating: 3


Contributed by: thepopeofchili-townthepopeofchili-town
(others by this writer | submit your own)

[Editor's note: While Greg Simpson has been a staff reviewer for the Org for well over 50 years, he has little to no relationship with staff reviewer Tori Pederson, who dared to review Simpson's latest musical happening. If anything, they're enemies. Sexy enemies...what was I talking about?] Port.


[Editor's note: While Greg Simpson has been a staff reviewer for the Org for well over 50 years, he has little to no relationship with staff reviewer Tori Pederson, who dared to review Simpson's latest musical happening. If anything, they're enemies. Sexy enemies...what was I talking about?]


Portrait, the sophomore EP from Bloomington, Ind. husband/wife duo Outdoor Velour opens with an almost sinister plodding drum beat and rumblings of guitar feedback, calling to mind groups like the Jesus Lizard and signaling right away that this is going to be a much noisier affair than their 2011 debut, Don't Panic.

Soon after that somewhat surprising intro however, "This Isn't Love" segues into a shoegaze-tinged pop rock tune with distant sounding vocals from Cara Kinnally not a million miles away from what bands like the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and the Joy Formidable are doing. While it's a pop song at heart, it prominently displays a layer of haze that songs like "Nose to the Ground" from Don't Panic only hinted at.

The Greg Simpson-sung power pop ditty "Teen Beat" is up next. The track is catchy enough, but Outdoor Velour functions best when both vocalists are working together, as they do on the Elvis Costello-esque "It's Easy."

The primarily acoustic guitar-and-handclap-driven "Old Love" is deceptively sweet sounding, but the menacing bass underneath the surface of the chorus reveals itself on repeat listens.

The four songs that make up Portrait could not be more different from each other. Trying a hand at a variety of genres can pay off enormously on a full-length, but on a four-track EP, such a disparity in styles suggests that the group hasn't quite found their sound yet, but they're getting there. Fans of both power pop and shoegaze-tinged indie rock would do well to give Portrait a listen and keep an eye on this guy and gal.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Circa Survive/Sunny Day Real Estate - Split [7-inch]Teen Idols - Teen IdolsJoy Division - Unknown PleasuresOff With Their Heads - HomeAndrew W.K. - I Get WetX - Under the Big Black SunPissed Jeans - HoneysPropagandhi - Failed StatesAlkaline Trio - My Shame Is TrueWavves - Afraid of Heights

Please login or register to post comments.What are the benefits of having a Punknews.org account?
  • Share your opinion by posting comments on the stories that interest you
  • Rate music and bands and help shape the weekly top ten
  • Let Punknews.org use your ratings to help you find bands and albums you might like
  • Customize features on the site to get the news the way you want.
Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
infinitejest (August 28, 2012)

I disagree that a record of just four tracks isn't hefty enough to contain the varied and fantastical sounds of Outdoor Velour. "Portraits" is a record of growing pains, and the sound reflects the story/stories. The band is exploring new territory. It is a much better group of songs than their debut, and in my opinion, we should be excited for their full-length if they go in ANY one of all of the directions they are practicing with this album.

One of the best EPs that most people haven't heard yet, in this one guy's opinion, and plenty stout to bear the weight of so many sonic experiments.

4.5/5

Exclusive Streams

Newest Reviews

Punknews.org Team

Other Places to Go