Sounding a little bit like The Cranberries with Tori Amos on piano, The Forms confound my senses immediately because I would not expect four dudes from Brooklyn to be pulling influence from such Pixie-esque sources. They remind me of that bygone ’90s alternative era, when men were able to tap into their sensitive sides without wearing Capri jeans or eyeliner, and the term indie rock still meant something.
From the opening notes of “Knowledge in Hand”, this album has won me. What begins as a soft piano pop song that could easily have belonged to Carly Simon, eases into a light grunge howl before sliding down into an unexpected bridge of off kilter indie rock. It’s as perfect as a pop song could hope to be, and sure to be this band’s big crowd pleaser in concert.
This sophomore release by this virtually unknown band of indie rockers will slip under the radar for most listeners, which is a shame, for it offers up more in its 30 minutes of music than most of the albums on Billboard’s Top 10 combined.
The Forms are The Dears of this year, and “Getting It Back” is this year’s “There Goes My Outfit”. They’ve got the pop presence and irresistible melodies with singable lyrics, but will probably fall through the cracks as everyone sings the praises of bands like The National (whom they’ve toured with).
Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies) produced this precious little end of the year nugget.
The Forms www.myspace.com/forms