Another random pick from the "music to get" text file on my desktop, and another winner. The Comas are a slightly spacey rock outfit who excel more in their songwriting than in a truly original sound. Although the two bands are very different, I find the Comas remind me of Autolux - solid songwriting with a modern sound - effects and filters and good production - but not carried away to the point where it becomes electro.
The songs are carefully layered and shift pleasantly - the end of "Moonrainbow" sounds little like the beginning, but it sounds great and works as an outro. The singer often has an effect added to his voice, which I generally disapprove of - it sounds okay here, but it makes it feel more artificial than necessary. The guitars are fantastic, reaching for a number of different sounds - sometimes chunky distortion, sometimes phased heavily, but always appropriate and very well-played. The bubbly wah-wah (I think) on "The Last Transmission" combined with the sci-fi keyboarding work perfectly to set the scene for the space opera lyrics. "Employment" would be at home on MTV these days - don't ask me why it isn't there. Kinda reminds me of Electric Soft Parade. The last three tracks show these guys are just as good with slow-tempo, relatively quiet music as well as the louder sort. In fact, they're some of the best songs on the album - I've had "Dirty South" stuck in my head for days and "Oh God" contains the priceless line "Oh God...blood on the eight-track" which is worth the price of admission alone. If there is a misstep, it's "Hologram," which relies too much on the lyrics and doesn't really do anything for me. Fortunately, it's a short little thing.
I feel confident recommending this album to almost anybody, and especially to fans of Autolux and... hmm, Macha maybe? Give it a shot.
Here's "Moonrainbow," by the Comas. I was going to give you "The Last Transmission," but I'm afraid you might think they're like some Star Wars fan fiction band or something.