Sometimes when I hear a brand new song, I cannot wipe the smile off my face. This only happens when the song is terrific, and it was the reaction I had when I heard “Daylight” from Binghamton, NY duo Vermilion Club for the first time. And the second time. And when I heard much of their debut LP Home.
It is joyfully off-kilter in the most wonderful of ways. There’s shimmering acoustic and electric guitars, banjos, synthesizers, glorious percussion, fantastic flurries of strings. Horns, chimes, keyboards, you name it — Dylan Campbell and Zeno Pittarelli have produced an unbelievable debut, if only for the way all these elements come together again and again with aurally-pleasing results.
And for all its small but impressive touches, the songs never stray too far from their delightful melodies. The tag “experimental indie pop” covers Vemilion Club’s bases pretty well. But it sounds too conventional for a band who almost made me giggle with its quirkiness — yup, I’m a music nerd.
Sample some tracks below, starting with “Daylight” — make sure you check out all three — and download the whole damn record for free on their bandcamp page. It’s worth the time.