The group’s sophomore album The Dawn Sang Along is powered by sun-crisped energy, a warm blast of rock songs that lean toward 1960s international pop, sampling from wherever Pan Am flew: from West African guitar strums to Caribbean beats to Brazilian bossa nova cool. The Southern California band are motion merchants who dish out dance-in-your-underwear jams, upbeat anthems to forget about the troubles of an increasingly annoying world.
You know what they say. When the world gets tough, music goes pop.
“We love pop,” says Brian Reyes, the Little Ones’ bass plucker and backup
singer, “the way 60s songs were crafted: there’s a hook, vocal layerings, harmonies.” His older brother Ed sings lead and conjures playful guitar riffs, and together they’re California guys who sing buoyant harmonies like a couple of Filipino Beach Boys. “Catch the Movement” begs for a sing-a-long, as tumbling drums guide along Ian Moreno’s rolling guitar licks and Lee LaDouceur’s keys.
“This record has nuance and headphone moments,” says Moreno. “Compared to past recordings, there are more hills and valleys to it, but in the end it’s really just us trying to improve on the fun parts
The Little Ones
The Dawn Sang Along
(Branches Recording Collective)
Street Date: Feb. 12, 2013
2. Boy On Wheels
3. Little Souls
5. Catch The Movement
6. Shake Your Sign
8. Art In The Streets
9. Super Bros.
11. Ain’t It Like You & Me
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