This Delaware-based mixed-media project is the brainchild of Nick Krill and Joe Hobson, two members of The Spinto Band, who have crafted a very solid and technically proficient self-titled debut album. Aided and abetted by two visual artists, Albert Birney (of Vimeo’s Simply Sylvio series) and Catharine Maloney, the songs have a fine texture and sense of atmospherics – all encased in some quality melodies.
The pleasing sounds of Teen Men begins with “Hiding Records (So Dangerous)”, which has a neat, early ’80’s Split Enz-feel; “Adventure Kids” is a radio-friendly pop number with quirks and “It’s All Rushing Back” has some very nice harmonies and some under-produced electronic instrumentation (very early ’80’s, again). “Township (Not Sure)” has a taut crispness about it (there’s something so familiar yet so enjoyable about this track); “Fall Out A Tree” has a rich soundscape and “Kids Being Kids” has some delicious synth patterns that close out a collection of some very retro-based music. All of which is very good.
An impressive debut to be sure. Teen Men seem to have a very clear idea of what they want this project to be – and they’ve used the blueprints of an era which is very near and dear to me. Well done.
Teen Men is available now