Formed August 2010, Brooklyn based Teen Girl Scientist Monthly (TGSM) will release their debut full-length album “Modern Dances” on February 26, 2013. Made up mostly of NYU grads, the band is made-up of Matt Gliva (bass), Matt Berger (guitar, vocals), Morgan Lynch (vocals), Pete Scalzitti and Melissa Lusk (keyboards) and Hiroyuki Matsuura (drums). In June 2012, the group began recording what would become Modern Dances with producer Gary Atturio at Brooklyn’s GaluminumFoil Studios, spending barely a day apart until September.
If asked what my favorite track from this collection is, I am very nearly at a loss. This album is simply relentless, with one astonishingly polished, robust, inventive and glorious track after another. We like to talk about albums that have no filler, but this is one of the few that truly justifies that description. If there is a criticism that could be made of this album, it is that it is too consistently brilliant to digest in one sitting. By the way, if forced to chose a favorite cut, I might go with “Your Kind,” but I wouldn’t go too far out of the way to defend my choice, as I might feel differently on another day.
Morgan Lynch and Matt Berger are the heart and soul of the band, sharing and swapping lead vocal duties on the occasion. Morgan, never being simply a pretty face, deals out some wonderful vocals throughout, providing that distinctive energetic sound. Matt comes across as taut and more than a little manic. Together, their singing style make this the classic it is, while the rest of the sextet carry their load perfectly. Matt Gilva provides a creative bass, while Hiroyuki Matsuura lays down solid beats throughout the album, crucial in a project that depends so strongly on powerful rhythms. Melissa Lusk and Pete Scalzitti respectively on keyboards and synth, play some great textures and tones that compliments Matt Berger’s solid guitar riffs, providing an energy and framework that couldn’t be more perfect.
The album is uncompromising yet accessible. The band bring hooks galore, some of the best shout-out-loud choruses around, and really deft musicianship. The interplay between Morgan’s whoops, hisses, croons and howls together with Matt Berger’s deadpan deliveries, all added to some amazing string interludes, is something of a unique and impossible beauty.
As mentioned before, “Modern Dances” doesn’t bother with any filler; the ten songs cut right to the chase and every line, every note is essential to the songs, providing an enjoyable listening experience. Listen carefully, or you might miss something. Though “Summer Skin,” “Hear Boys Talk,” “Faith” and “Your Kind” are my favorites, every song is mesmerizing. “Modern Dances” is the type of album that you can listen to time and time again, and never get bored.
Start to beginning, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly succeeds at being interesting, exciting, and pleasing for the ears, and what’s even better, they have created a timeless sound.
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