1900s - Return of the Century

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1900s
Return of the Century
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The music world is a strange place sometimes. Astronomical acclaim seems to be handed out like hotcakes these days, but somehow innovative and endowed acts seemed to be thrown by the wayside; either forgotten or completely unnoticed. Exposure means everything, and unfortunately the 1900s have not experienced even the smallest ray of the spotlight. Prior to this year, the co-ed indie-pop outfit out of Chicago had released the full-length Cold & Kind and two EP’s only to experience little to no acclaim despite tremendous potential. The 1900s’ 2011 installment, Return of the Century is an opportunity to make a first impression on those of us who have not been paying enough attention.

Return of the Century is an ambitious record of sorts; it incorporates the life of Incredible String Band songwriter Christina “Licorice” McKechnie into a 35-minute concept album. Although the concept is significant to the context of the record, it isn’t something that is easily digestible for the casual listener. What is apparent however, is the presence of wonderful pop-hooks and soothing melodies, which the record radiates throughout its duration. Drawing from influences such as the New Pornographers, and most ostensibly Belle & Sebastian, the 1900s have a very lush and enchanting resonance. Opener “Amulet” is very much a testament to the band’s influences; a warm and bouncy piece, which draws immediate comparisons to Belle & Sebastian. Edward Anderson’s charming vocals are a chief reason for this, as they almost directly parallel those of Stuart Murdoch. A sextet which features Anderson and Jeanine O’Toole on vocals at any given time, the 1900s have a great deal of versatility when it comes to harmonies and lead singers. This not only presents Return of the Century with a sense of variety, but also keeps the record fresh from track-to-track. This is conveyed instantaneously following the opener in “Lay a Ghost,” where O’Toole’s serene croon takes the reins. Adaptability in the vocal department isn’t the only weapon in the 1900s’ arsenal. Return of the Century reveals a band with a very tight core; one that utilizes acoustic guitars, gentle basslines, and even strings to a tee. As a result, the record has an extremely relaxing underbelly, and one that is directly accessible and enjoyable on a simple level.

The 1900s may still be introducing themselves and finding their groove, but have crafted a uplifting assortment of tracks with their second full-length record. Melodious, captivating, and irrefutably infectious, Return of the Century is a release by an indie-pop outfit that is just a bit of exposure away from becoming a significant entity. Return of the Century is a warm remedy for these harsh winter months, when spring just doesn’t seem to be coming fast enough.

1. Amulet
2. Lay A Ghost
3. Kidnap Runaway
4. Lions Fur
5. Tucson
6. Zerkalo
7. Bmore
8. Babies
9. Overreactin'
10. Jean Demon
11. Sanzimat

The 1900s are a 7-piece band from Chicago. They use unique arrangements to make strange and beautiful songs that are both endearing and fun. ... read more

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