Top 20 of 2013, Number 9: Little Big League – These Are Good People

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Released: August       Genre: Indie Rock / Emo       Metacritic Rating: N/A

These Are Good People is up there for me as one of the most criminally overlooked albums of the year. It would have passed me by as well if not for Drew Beringer of Apsolute Punk recommending it on a daily basis. Little Big League’s style of nostalgic 90’s influenced indie / emo music may not appeal to everyone but it found a comfortably different niche that made it very appealing to me. Strained vocals rise to sparkling melody at the drop of a hat as fuzzy guitars and hazy bass saunters in the background. Opening track ‘Lindsey’ starts the album brilliantly, with its tiptoe melodies and sweeping chorus, being upliftingly melancholy. ‘Brackish Water’ is another favourite and the albums best. I may not be old enough to identify the throwback influences, but These Are Good People was one of 2013’s most unique releases, and it stands apart as a result. It’s a shame that it slipped under the radar for the most part because it’s more than deserving of the attention it should be receiving. At 9 tracks it may be a little short, but Little Big League pack a punch with a memorable album that sounds behind the times and turns out even better because of it. These Are Good People is a record I’ve given a lot of playtime, and it’s one of the best recommendations I’ve received this year and is also one of the best I could give. Tiny Engines always put out good music, but they released a gem in These Are Good People.

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