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Moondoggies - Adios I'm A Ghost LP
Hardly Art Records
Seattle-based band the Moondoggies have been called an Americana band drawing on influences ranging from the Band to the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, but on this, the group's third album, there isn't a whole lot of folk Americana or rootsy country going on, and they sound more like a cross between mid-period R.E.M. and Fleet Foxes, filling the melodies and songs out with three-part harmonies, obviously the group's strong suit. The album opens and closes with short, 28-second wordless vocal harmonies ("I'm a Ghost" opens things here and "Adiós I'm a Ghost" closes things out) that really do show the parallels between this band and Fleet Foxes, while in between is a set of songs with sturdy melodies that seem to hang together but still present a fair amount of variety. Highlights include the jaunty, bouncing "Midnight Owls," "Start Me Over," and the organ-led "Don't Ask Why," but there's an overall coherent arc to this record that makes songs that are maybe lesser entities seem stronger and part of a whole.