label: RED GENERAL CATALOG
Release date: January 18, 2011
Dreamy and atmospheric, the songs on Searchlight feature simultaneous bursts of wistful romanticism and melancholy. It lulls me into a hazy, contentedly brooding mindset. Yes, that’s sometimes a good thing to be present in the depths of a singer/songwriter’s mind. Jack Dishel provides blissfully sarcastic and hilarious observations. I’ve always adored a combination of darkness and light in music. Here Dishel’s sweeter compositions layer above darker sentiments.
The opening track “Magic” features a lush, 60s-esque pop melody and resplendent vocals: “it’s magic until you know how it works/ no one wants to see how you do it/ the secret is all you’re worth.” A kicky guitar chord boosts the super-catchy “Pop the Reins.” One of the best lyrics EVER is on the swirling “Falling Behind in the Game:” “I’m always surrounded by beautiful things/ sometimes I get jealous and wanta just cave them all in.” The amusing “It’s a Boy” etches out the perfect child with brilliant commentary on our society’s drive for perfection. Dishel harmonizes perfectly with Regina Spektor on “Call Them Brothers,” a song the duo co-wrote. Other guest musicians on the album include members of The Strokes, Of Montreal and Robbers On High Street. Searchlight is best played in its entirety and on repeat.
buy the record:
Bandcamp [as a bonus, you receive a PDF containing the complete set of guitar chords and lyrics for the album]