Label: Lazy Acre Records Release date: Out Now Link: Official Site From small, independent label Lazy Acre Records comes their latest compilation ‘Three Doors Down and Doing the Charlestone, a hazy record of indie and folk that is more or less the definition of a summer release. Full of poppy, merry sounding songs, this is something almost exclusively designed for one of those lazy Sunday afternoons chilling in the sun with a few friends. This particular release contains elements that remind of the Summer Days Through The Folkish Haze compilations that seem to crop up every now and again, and if one were to be ultra-cynical, it could be argued that what with summer being almost gone and the dreaded onset of winter all too near, the timing of this release is slightly puzzling. However, this should not detract from the quality of the music on display here, and it is fantastic to see a largely unknown independent label pushing their bands out there like this. Made up of 12 tracks, some of whom belong to the label, some of whom do not, this compilation has a peculiar, almost split personality to it. The first six tracks of Three Doors Down and Doing the Charlestone has a distinctly happier sound to it than the second six. Particular standout tracks include The Little Hands of Asphalt’s foot-tapping country-folk that sounds right at home with Bright Eyes discography and Solvor Vermeer’s epically pretty ‘The Waltz’. However, the main problem is that none of these tracks in the first half of the release really grab your attention (with the notable exception of the delightful Stylusboy) and generally passes by without making any kind of impact. It is only in the second half of the release, from ‘Graveyard Dance’ onwards, that a sense of soul and passion emerges. This aforementioned track by singer-songwriter Uno Moller kicks the album into life, with the mixture of Moller’s soft tone and gentle strumming climaxing in a very catchy chorus marking a striking change of tone away from merry to melancholic. Particular representing this change of tone include Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson 9 minute long (but exceptionally listenable) noise epic and ‘Trex’ by Waking Life, who’s wailing vocals make the band sound like a strange mixture of Bombay Bicycle Club and Mystery Jets. Undoubtedly, this a solid release, with much to like about it. However, the nagging realisation that at certain points it almost seems like background music limits the potential of this particular compilation, but equally there is nothing offensive present and all-importantly Three Doors Down and Doing the Charlestone packs enough cracking songs to mean that it is worth listening to. Photobucket