Portland, Oregon’s Eyelids bring plenty of power pop sweetness on their sophomore effort Or. The band has a solid resume with members John Moen and Chris Slusarenko working in the past with the likes of Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices), Stephen Malkmus (Pavement/Jicks), Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Elliott Smith. The group is rounded out with guitarist/vocalist Jonathan Drews (Sunset Valley, Damien Jurado) and the final result gives you memorable hooks that keep you coming back. The record was produced by Peter Buck of R.E.M. and mixed by Thom Monahan (Peter, Bjorn and John, Devandra Banhart, Fruit Bats), so there should be no hesitation on this modern day Big Star. If you liked their debut, 854, Or should be in your playlist.
Jealous Butcher Records
-Reviewed by Thomas Wilde