The Postmarks are from sunny Florida and are headed by the soft female vocals of Tim Yehezkely (yes, she is a Tim). Though their tweeish brand of pop is subdued, it is very sing songy in a way that reminds one of Camera Obscura only a little less melancholy and gloomy (could be the difference in weather)
Download: The Postmarks - "Goodbye"
Their debut self-titled album is very girly despite the fact that their are four males backing her up on guitar, drums, bass, and keyboard. In fact, Tim mainly sang and played the occasional toy as she held down a single key on her keyboard. She creates dreamy melodies just with her voice alone that you can’t help but feel is just very very feminine all around. To be sure, that soprano and her stage presence is really what makes this band what it is. This is the band to lie on your backs and look at the shapes of clouds to. These are the songs that remind me of a slower 21st century answer to a more subtle The Free Design and still makes me want to fly kites.
Quite different in terms of the mood was the country rock band that played just previous to The Postmarks known as Cracklin' Moth. I have to admit, I'm definitely not the best RFC reviewer to comment on country rock (ahem, wish Rory could write this one!) but I will say that it worked in a certain sense of dynamic chemistry. I'm just not really a fan of the style. The Chicago five-piece has that whole sense of sitting on a hot summer porch music thing down and the pedal steel and keyboards really did keep the slightly 70s tinged chords afloat. I could tell there was talent on the stage and if I imagined a layer of thick glam to the vocals, which unfortunately wasn't so much there, I was undoubtedly happier.
Last but not least was the first opener of the night: the very bizarre band Colour Music out of Oklahoma...when I walked into Schubas, I was of course struck by the matching white tracksuits and then soon enough by the fact that I was witnessing an early BeeGees concert (when the BeeGees were still good, mind you.) Yes, I felt I had slipped into a strange time warp. But for all their kitsch, they had the moves and the solid songs that made me want to dance all night. Catchy stuff!