Oct 24, 2006

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The members of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin couldn’t list a single music blog until their lo-fi MP3s and low-res JPEGs made them worldwide icons of Blogdom in 2005. Even Spin read an SSLYBY blog, downloaded their music and declared the Missouri band “could succeed The Shins as the band that will change your life."

Recorded in the attic and living room of guitarist Will Knauer's home, Broom, SSLYBY's debut record, is an expertly crafted indie pop gem.

Originally, SSLYBY had a simple ambition: to make the “Local Releases” bin at CD Warehouse. However, Broom turned into a classic rock ‘n’ roll record -- the kind where pop perfectionism meets studio experimentations and each track flows effortlessly. Seemingly innocuous pop songs are molded by happy accidents of fate -- sometimes involving unexplained swarming sounds and doubled drums tracks --into the warm, ethereal tracks that made the album into a sensation.

Originally self-released by the band to sell at shows, Broom was remastered and released via Polyvinyl in late 2006.

Songs

  • 1
    Pangea (2:48)
  • 2
    I Am Warm & Powerful (2:39)
  • 3
    What'll We Do (2:15)
  • 4
    Travel Song (3:22)
  • 5
    Oregon Girl (2:26)
  • 6
    House Fire (3:17)
  • 7
    Yr Broom (1:38)
  • 8
    Anna Lee (3:14)
  • 9
    Anne Elephant (4:52)
  • 10
    Gwyneth (2:33)
  • 11
    Let's Get Tired (2:10)
  • 12
    I Am Warm & Powerful (Acoustic) (3:03)
  • 13
    Song W (3:16)

Reviews

[Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin] could succeed the Shins as the band that ‘will change your life'.

SPIN
I am simply a better person for having heard it.
Under the Radar
One of those rare albums where every song is crafted, delicious, and essential.
SF Weekly

Damn, if their pop chops aren't convincing... Naysayers unimpressed with crisp choruses and expert bridges might doom Broom's makers to a subcult-status alongside Western Keys or Home, but something more ambitious is afoot: The songs are fetching ciphers, stowaways on an indie pop mothership, benchwarmers on a charm offense, etc.

Pitchfork
Quite possibly the greatest pop record of this year past...[Broom] is a relic, a map to music left behind and uncharted, brief sketches of past histories pulling together and forever telling a different tale.
30Music

Videos

  • Pangea (2:29)
    Will Knauer and Phillip Dickey