It’s mostly wistful and dreamy pop if understandably grave, somewhat Death Cabby but not so ambivalent and rarely upbeat. “A Conversation About Death On New Year’s Eve” has all the subtlety of an impulsive kiss on a high-school crush, and it only takes one perfect line to nail the inescapable melodrama of alienated youth: “It doesn’t haunt you like it haunts me/That everybody’s falling apart”. It’s a song that will fill you with gratitude for whatever memory it conjures, even though it’s probably a sad one.
Amongst Modest Mousey fare like “Four Days Straight” and “Five Minutes” and the pensive acoustic touches of “Where You Came From” and the title track, there’s plenty of effective material and some choice lyrics (aside from “I Swear To God”), but “Conversation” is the only song that sticks with you for the long haul. A band that can put together a thoroughly listenable and frequently engaging debut album with one great, enduring track is worth keeping a lookout for, though.