Miracles of Modern Science put their own stamp on indie pop with splendid new LP ‘Mean Dreams’

Miracles‘Mean Dreams’
Miracles of Modern Science (self-released)
4 stars out of 5

I think it’s pretty safe to say that Brooklyn-based indie outfit Miracles of Modern Science are doing their best to take indie pop in a new and exciting direction. There’s nary a synthesizer or guitar to be found as Miracles of Modern Science do their thing with a double bass, violin, mandolin, cello and drums. The results are flat-out fantastic on latest effort “Mean Dreams.”

Miracles CD“In some ways it’s a limitation, but there are things our instruments can do that others can’t,” notes violinist Kieran Ledwidge. “We think differently with our strings in our hands than we would with guitars or keyboards. It’s exciting to see what songs come out of this combination.”

Ledwidge, Evan Younger (vocals/double bass), Josh Hirshfeld (mandolin), Geof McDonald (cello) and Serge Terentev (drums) impress at every turn on the eclectic slab. No two tunes sounds the same on “Mean Dreams,” which is highlighted by keepers “Follow Your Heart (Or Something),” “Mothers in Jeans,” “Bad Body,” “The Chop” and “Never Knew Normal.” Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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