(Jigsaw Records, PZL083)
as you can tell from just about half of the past year's releases (from the Zebras to Ocean Party to Animal Daydream), I have a soft spot for soft and jangly indiepop. So when the Rightovers (a mostly one-man project based in Hawaii) wrote me about distributing their self-released debut lp, I eagerly suggested the possibility of Jigsaw doing the cd version, to which the band responded yes! Sounding like the afore-mentioned Jigsaw artists, as well as other notable bands like Ladybug Transistor, Elf Power (later period) and Citified (okay, not famous, but I love 'em, so they count), the Rightovers' songs all gently flow by, sustaining a state of calmness over the course of just over half an hour. Sure, the guitars will get a bit louder from time to time, but rarely in a jarring fashion ("Floating Near The Sun" is the odd one out, but in a good way), while the lyrics have a bit of a wry sense of humor to them, enhanced by an occasional sound bite here and there. A perfect album to close out the summer!