Airport Cathedral, Jetlag, 2006
These four renaissance men triumph as musical champions, but their elusive character leaves them little room for labeling. Airport Cathedral’s freshest phenom, “Jetlag,” sports an infatuating groove that is cleansing and reviving. Jetlag surges a steady and appealing vibe that attracts a dense range of listeners, but no one is capable of stamping a stereotypical or modern musical epithet to Airport Cathedral’s authentic sound.
Andy’s masterfully temperate timbre and harmonics gush through the mic—a musical love affair. Every aspect of this album complements itself—from the vocals to the smooth locomotives of the beating drum. Andy must also be aware of his ability to swoon listeners—when he recites in “Daggers”: “I just want to hear your voice”—which parallels my own perspective of his luring pipes.
Jetlag continuously provides the perfect mood from track to track—it is steady and relatively mellow, but never emotionally harnessing, nor does it drag you down into whatever trendy state of depression some artists attempt to market as the new musical mode. All four young men seem especially experienced besides the fact that Jetlag is their debut album, as well as the most excellent compilation to represent a moderately “green” band in years. Airport Cathedral has, however, had some help—this album not only represents our four favorite boys’ musical expertise, but also includes outside influences such as David Broecker, James Mendenhall from The Prom, and Rosie Thomas representing Subpop Records.
The most thrilling aspect of Airport Cathedral is what is yet to come—we can expect more rich and skillfully meditated music from this band in the future.
Review: Karoline Anderson