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Kites and Boomerangs / Press

"There’s this subset of indie rock that takes a cue from Graceland-era Paul Simon, copping the classic’s world-beat pretensions and sunny melodies to create the kind of bouncy optimistic pop that sounds ready-made for ACL side-stages. Think: bands like Givers and Vampire Weekend (and to a more hacky-sacking extent Rusted Root), and you’ve kind of got an idea of where Arlington/Keller quartet Kites & Boomerangs are coming from. And yet Kites & Boomerangs are kind of their own thing. Curiosity definitely shares Vampire Weekend’s trebly enthusiasm, but the album sounds more earnest than precious; maybe it’s the DIY bedroom sonics, or maybe it’s the warm, growly bass and rollicking time changes that make this rock more than you’d expect. The jangly guitar lead and reggaeish tom fills of opener “Pastel Sky” skip over a bassline that wouldn’t be offended if you wanted to call it Al. If you can get around the fact that “Mystery Pie” sounds like a reggae song from a th

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