Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Time Stalkers - Time Stalkers

Maybe you have never heard of Will Moloney. We are inclined to forgive you, as we hadn't heard of him until a month ago. But if you can write a set of songs like those on the self-titled album from the Time Stalkers, and pull together a nine-member band to execute them this well, then every indie fan should learn your name. We have discovered that Will has a following due to his Old Table project, and sometimes uses the name Will Table for his music work. His fellow Time Stalkers are vets of various Brooklyn bands and the abundance of talent is obvious.

The listener dives into Time Stalkers with "Maxine", a rambling brush-by introduction to eccentrics one might meet on the streets in Brooklyn. To be sure, eccentricity infuses the album, but in a warm and delightful way. Typical indie jangle and drums are augmented with sax, strings, xylophone, and bongos (reminding us of how much we enjoy hearing bongos). The songs are an appealing mix of upbeat and more restrained tempos, and the lyrics are imaginative and evocative. When the band ventures into the political, they are in a lane to which we can subscribe, and a bit of research shows that they aren't posing -- they live their convictions.

The band is Will Moloney/Table (vocals/snare/floor tom/ride cymbal/songwriting), Carolyn Hietter (sax/vocals), Charlie Dore-Young (bass/vocals), Paco Cathcart (electric guitar/vocals), Al Nardo (xylophone/vocals), Eli Kleinsmith (violin/vocals), Van Do (acoustic guitar/vocals), Kurt Pope (bongo drums/vocals). Time Stalkers is out now via Intellectual Birds Records, with cassette via Gentle Reminder and, eventually, vinyl via Feeding Tube. Cover art by comics artist Robert Calzone

Bandcamp for album
Old Table's Facebook page
Will's Twitter

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