Consultants, the / Work From Home
Album: Work From Home   Collection:General
Artist:Consultants, the   Added:Aug 2005
Label:Shelflife Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2005-09-18 Pull Date: 2005-11-20
Week Ending: Oct 16 Oct 9 Oct 2 Sep 25
Airplays: 1 2 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Mar 28, 2008: 6 feet underground
Hollow-Bodied Evening
4. Oct 06, 2005: Lost and Found
Contents of My Head
2. May 12, 2006: The Lunchbox
Pop Pop
5. Oct 03, 2005: The Panoply
Internet Love Letter
3. Oct 15, 2005: Biff Bang Pow
Pop Pop
6. Sep 27, 2005: Umami Storytime
Internet Love Letter

Album Review
Reviewed 2005-09-16
Retro indie pop, female vocals. Debut LP from this NYC trio led by Marisha Chinsky. Sweet & introspective, variously dark and bright, nicely noisy and often dreamy. Lyrics disarmingly young. Mix of guitars, keyboards, glockenspiel. Simple but musical. Points of reference: Belle & Sebastian, Tallulah Gosh, Velocity Girl, Heavenly. Excellent songs, spare but perfect production. FCC clean. Start with 2, 3, 4, 10.

1. Indie-dance pop song that builds instrumentally. About youthful angst. “I don’t want you to know me. I don’t want you to care.” Starts with guitar & maracas. Fades quickly.
==> 2. Shoegazey, layered pop, like Lush when they’re happy... or New Order. “Chain around my neck/ weighed a ton today/ So sad that I forgot/ What it is to be afraid.” Starts with guitars & drums. Slow fade.
==> 3. Sorta dreamy sound with super-simple keyboards. About winter (real, not California). “You warm to me/ That’s all we need to be.” Starts with a bit of backwards drums. Ends suddenly.
==> 4. Minimal & fragile, sorta like Boyracer. Gets louder. Melancholy feel. “Fell apart then feeling fine, then adding up to zero.” Starts with guitar and voice. Ends with slow fade that includes a cymbal hit, then about 3 secs of silence.
5. Dancey pop. Sing-songy melody, though more sad than sweet. “I made it up on the spot/ Connecting my own dots.” Starts with loud, dancey drums and simple lead guitar. Fades with words “My internal monologue.”
6. Dreamy pop ballad about disconnection. Chinsky sounds a bit like Julie Doiron here (a compliment). Starts with full band. Slowish fade.
7. Melancholy ballad about love, loneliness, and ennui. Starts with guitar & voice. Gets sparse at end, ends with high-hat/tambourine.
==> 8. Dark, psych-ish dance-pop about being away from who you love. “You hit send/ It’s like a kiss/ Hopelessly we’re questioning/ The mystery we miss.” Starts with synth. Gets a bit noisy toward end, then fades with fast-echoed chord.
9. Dancey & sad. Starts with full band. Slow fade with five secs of silence at end.
==> 10. Noisy, lush lullaby. Mid-slow. Reminiscent of Psychedelic Furs. “I hope you don’t call/ But I want you to/ As long as it’s not me/ Who answers the phone.” Starts with full band. Slow fade.

Track Listing
1. Hollow-Bodied Evening   6. Calling the Embassy
2. Pop Pop   7. James
3. Snow Fell (It's Night)   8. Internet Love Letter
4. Contents of My Head   9. The Mark
5. Internal Monologue   10. Talking to no One