It was a carefree afternoon—the wind was in my hair, the soft top of my friend's Beetle was down, and the sweet So-Cal magic of Let's Go Sailing was the soundtrack for our trip, completing the setting of the perfect summer.
The L.A.-based band, which consists of Shana Levy, Tanya Haden, Nikki Monninger, Brent Turner and Byron Reynolds, is backed by Chris Chandler (who has also worked with Modest Mouse and the Flaming Lips). Their album, Chaos in Order, released in March 2007, has been featured in The Lonely Island downloads, and on the TV show Grey's Anatomy.
Although the Grey's Anatomy seal of approval will send some music purists running for the hills, I'm telling you right now: Do not turn your back on this band.
Let's Go Sailing is a crazy fusion of the Flaming Lips (for their kooky lyrics), Elliot Smith (for their melancholy ballads), and Simon and Garfunkel (for their perfect-pitched vocal harmonies).
The opening track, "Sideways," encapsulates every girl's first sigh-inducing crush, with the painfulness of being attracted to another person. Levy's breathy, yet strong, vocals send listeners on a floaty, dream-like ride laced with cello solos and pretty piano accents.
Another standout, "Heart Condition," has a spunky and hopeful message of self-realization in the chorus: "And I am winning an imaginary race / that ends in nowhere. / My heart condition's just acting up / as I proceed with plans to get there."
Chaos in Order provides listeners with an intimate, warm debut from a promising new band that is destined to grow even more sophisticated in the future. If you're looking for breezy and light summer sounds, Let's Go Sailing's debut is sure to fit the bill. Whether it's background music to a lazy day or blaring out of a convertible, Chaos in Order does the job just right.