Seldom Family press/blurbs (2015-2017)
“Speedway” video review by Trevor Elkin (www.GoldFlakePaint.co.uk), 2015
Taking the lead from Philadephia’s Seldom Family, we will exercise uncharacteristic restraint, tone down the metaphors and simply say their new track, ‘Speedway’, is splendid.
It’s not that we don’t want to tell you all about their atmospheric, stripped down sound. No, we just get the impression that the duo prefer zero fuss. For Seldom Family use silence as an instrument of its own, adding even more ambient tension to an already emotionally heavy backdrop. The accompanying video unfolds purposefully, through superimposed images, but its story remains a mystery entrapping us in a repeating loop of cause and effect. A slowcore ballad with shades of 90s grunge in its palette, ‘Speedway’ gradually gathers pace then plunges into oblivion, with only a faint, lingering echo as proof it was ever there.
Ok, so we couldn’t restrain ourselves after all. When a band pulls off the longest dramatic pause we’ve encountered in a long while, it says more about their songwriting ability than any words can muster. Listen/watch and get ready for the drop.
Speedway video review by Joel @ Syffal.com (2015)
So this isn’t an Abercrombie model shooting his own version of a Twin Peaks type sex tape. Get that out of your heads people.
We have no idea who Seldom Family is, but the reverby vocals over dat crisp ass guitar is making me stare out the window to watch the squirrels nutfuck themselves before the first frost. Even if I understood what the lyrics were singing, I wouldn’t care, because this shit is just fucking relaxing ass awesome balls. When music makes you pay attention to not being able to pay attention, it’s got brotential.
Also, there’s really good whistling in this shit, and I think an album by these assholes might actually help me sleep when I can’t turn me brain off.
SELDOM FAMILY BROS, MAKE MORE MUSIC.
“Heaven Won’t” single review by John Vettese for WXPN’s The Key (2017)
SELDOM FAMILY is the studio project of singer-guitarist Patrick Norris and all-the-other-instruments utility guy Chris Caulder, Seldom Family released its latest standalone single on January 10th, 2017. The jangley melancholy echoes The Go-Betweens as much as the tentatively optimistic melodies lean heavily Toad the Wet Sprocket. Those are two comparisons that, for the most part, are only relevant to people of a certain age (eg. olds like me). The album art of the band’s back-catalog seems to be mostly monochromatic photographs, giving a very Smiths / Belle and Sebastian visual aesthetic — if that helps. But the music will nonetheless resonate even if you don’t pick up on the reference cues. “Heaven Won’t” is an emotional and contemplative track, lyrically meditating on isolation, loneliness and desire, a character promising that as much as they’ve changed, they’re still the same — and as they repeat “cross my heart,” you don’t entirely believe them.
Self-titled album review: http://thehookjournal.com/album-reviews/2017/5/6/seldom-family-audrey-laura-review
Self-titled album review: https://mixolydianblog.com/2017/03/12/album-review-self-titled-by-seldom-family/
Self-titled album review: http://www.americanpancake.com/2016/07/self-titled-album-by-seldom-family-is.html
Self-titled album review: http://einenb.wixsite.com/polarisdiy/single-post/2017/06/07/The-Excellency-of-Seldom-Family
“Early Fascination” single review: http://www.thrdcoast.com/read/2016/9/2/premiere-seldom-family-early-fascination
Cassette #1 review: http://cassettegods.blogspot.com/2016/03/seldom-family-cassette-1-c8-self.html
Tentative Plans press (2017)
Still EP Review by Megan Cooper (WXPN’s The Key)
Local indie dream-pop duo, Tentative Plans, were brought together through the fateful forces of Craigslist to become a band and debut an EP last summer. Now, the angelic outfit, comprised of Cait Kellagher and Chris Caulder, have released their sophomore EP titled, still.
When I say that this EP is angelic, I’m not kidding or using that term lightly. Kellagher’s clear, bright vocals are so dang calming and ethereal, it’s unreal. Everything about this six track release is clean and precise, from the vocals to production quality, to the thoughtful and purposeful use of instrumentation.
“getting out alive” opens the EP with ambient vibes, with following track “not the same” shifting between soft piano melodies and beats buzzing with electricity. The EP’s namesake, “still,” is the poppiest of the bunch, with layered vocals adding an expansive, atmospheric element atop a foundation of electro beats, while soothing ballad,”here” fades out the EP on a pleading, yet hopeful, note.
Now go ahead and be swept away in a cloud of calm wonderfulness by listening to Tentative Plans’ EP, still.
Still EP review by Francesca @ DigitalWheatPaste.com
Full disclosure: As a person in a two-person band, I have a deep love and appreciation for other two-person bands. That being said, this is a gorgeous EP, well thought out, delicate, roomy, dreamy.
Singer/keyboardist Cait Kellagher is precise and genuine in her vocal delivery, and the way her voice is accented with backing vocal tracks (check out “disappear”) keeps these songs flowing and ephemeral. Guitarist Chris Caulder (who runs Ousted Records in the Philly area) punctuates Kellagher’s keys with lovely guitar lines that float along nicely and add some interest and depth.
This is also clearly recorded and mastered very well–the whole thing sounds nice and clean, and everything is leveled beautifully. You can tell this band works well together and has a clear vision for what they want to accomplish and create.
Listen to this alone and daydreaming in your bedroom if you like dreamy indie-pop like Azure Ray, The Album Leaf, Memoryhouse, etc.
Still EP review by Gerard Longo of Lehigh Valley Underground
Musically, “Still” has a dreamy, ambient quality dominated by cool keyboard tones, tender guitar work, and the soothing vocals of frontwoman Cait Kellagher. The guitar picking on “The Borderline” provides a nice complement to Kellagher’s melancholy over time apart from a loved one, and makes the song an intriguing candidate for a stripped-down, acoustic version. Dynamically speaking, closing track “Here” takes the cake with its powerful instrumental arrangement that provides depth to its swelling, sweet, and simple chorus.
Beauty’s Confusion blurbs (2004-2005)
“I enjoyed the music a great deal. The songs are well-produced, poignant, creative, original, perfectly blended and arranged, and most importantly, inspiring.”
– Britt Nichols, NVUS Films, Inc.
“When you get right down to it, Beauty’s Confusion’s debut ‘Breathe In’ is a sublime collection of sex-havin’ music for the wireless generation.”
– Adam Blyweiss / Y100rocks.com, 2005
“At last! A good band from Florida!”
– Amazon.com review
“Solid, inspiring songs & production. Music that American radio should be playing in 2003, instead of all that whiny punk and macho bullheaded rock.”
– Kelly Elizabeth / Pretty Ugly Magazine, Australia
“I feel like Beauty’s Confusion is made for the closing scene/credits of a film – the music sounds so perfect for that.”
– Kevin Patrick, Musashi Films/POP Films (Atlanta, GA)
“The style and influence of BC will for sure please to the fans of cold trip-pop a-la Portishead and early Hooverphonic. I think that their sound lays somewhere in the midst of these aforementioned fiants. A band to keep an eye on!”
– Side-Line.com review, 2005
– Smother.net review, 2005