Great Northern, ‘Remind Me Where the Light Is’ (Eenie Meenie)
Having survived guitar bands both forgettable (Whirlpool) and regrettable (30 Seconds to Mars), Los Angelenos Rachel Stolte and Solon Bixler started over with intimate, piano-led dream-pop duets on their 2007 debut as Great Northern. But for the follow-up, they revert to big, heroic guitars — should-be single “Houses” even recalls not-too-shabby U2. Unfortunately, the newfound confidence doesn’t extend to lyrics rife with nonspecific, mixed-metaphorical angst (“It’s the weight of the world we run to”) that smacks of the overwrought youth demo they’ve otherwise outgrown.
Listen: Great Northern, “Houses” (DOWNLOAD MP3)