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Earlimart’s Growing Grandeur

Following the release of 2004’s Trembling and Trembling, indie pop mainstays Earlimart is thriving on taking matters into their own hands. Having shed the strong-arm of an outside label or producer, their aptly titled effort Mentor Tormentor is a testament to the Los Angeles-based outfit’s graceful growth at the microphone and behind the boards.

Available via their own Majordomo imprint Aug. 21, singer/songwriter Aaron Espinoza chiefs production while keyboardist Ariana Murray lends a hand on songwriting duties. On “700>100,” Earlimart offers carefully layered acoustic guitars riffing pleasantly with surefire electric licks. The soft-spoken Espinoza emulates Elliott Smith’s breathy echoes, and Murray’s piano prowess softly but strictly guide his vocals in each chorus. It’s a hopeful, sunny anthem guaranteed to brighten the transition of night into morning.

Now Hear This: ” 700>100″ ()

On the Web:
Earlimart at MySpace

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