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The Resonars

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What do you do if you've got songs and play many instruments, but are surrounded by apathetic lay-abouts? If you're Matt Rendon (the Knockout Pills, Vultures and, on occasion, Marshmallow Overcoat), you DIY to create your perfect band.

This is the Resonars' third album (released last November on CD and, after a long delay, finally out on vinyl in April) and continues the Zombies/Byrds/Remains style Rendon's been mining since the band's inception. Nonetheless Blue is a Love Generation artifact distilled in this age of hate, a perfect balance of nostalgia and knowing that nostalgia is false. We were never that happy, and the past was never as perfect as we remember it; still, we romanticize it. This is no mere rehash, however, as the album is strong enough to stand on its own for people who have never heard of those aforementioned bands, and even surpasses some of the "classics" of that time. Songs like "Places You Have Been" and "Sinking Is Slow," with their dark, melancholy vibe, stick with the listener long after they're done.

Rendon's voice, even while singing about something troubling, still soothes, and the backing vocals and leads are amazing as well--since it's all one man.

In the end, we are shown that the pain and loss are worth feeling, for they give proof that we are alive, and that is always better than the opposite--if for nothing else than to be able to hear the next Resonars album.

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