Brooklyn's trio known as EZTV has crafted a wonderful debut offering in Calling Out. Its 12 songs will variously recall mid-'60s guitar pop, '80s-'90s college rock and, at times, Laurel Canyon, but it all blends together seamlessly. To my ears, there is a strong vein of The Teenage Fanclub in the melodies and harmonies, and that can never, ever be a bad thing. But the band doesn't adhere to any strict template, and this album features robust bass and adventuresome guitar lines. It is a sound that is a perfect fit for hometown label Captured Tracks, so quite naturally, CT is releasing the album.
New music comes so quickly that I most often have to put an album aside after I write about it in order to cover the next worthy. But that isn't happening in this case -- Calling Out is going on the regular playlist for a long, long time.
Calling Out is out today on Captured Tracks. EZTV is Ezra Tenenbaum, Michael Stasiak and Shane O'Connell. Will Cole joins the band for live performances.