Billy & Dolly

Five Suns

Classic Rock - - Albums - Johnny Sharp

San Fran­cisco duo’s syn­th­heavy de­but.

Bill Rousseau and Dahlia Gallin Ramirez were the driv­ing force be­hind Cal­i­for­nian power‑pop mav­er­icks The Mono­lith (no re­la­tion to the LA doom‑met­allers of the same name). Al­though that band has been in­ac­tive for a while, this spin‑off duo take the same groove‑driven ap­proach and add a lit­tle more bot­tom‑end grunt and high‑fly­ing har­mony pop to

the mix. For those per­pet­u­ally about to rock, the pro­duc­tion, even on the riffier tracks, might make all this a lit­tle po­lite and a touch too cool to re­ally punch you in the gut.

But there’s still much to like: the glam swag­ger of Want It – an in­fec­tious tune that is a def­i­nite high­light of the al­bum – has a sassy pop charm; the trippy, hyp­notic headswim of Bobby is un­der­pinned by heavy synth mud; Set­ting Sun has a grungy twang off­set­ting blissed‑out West Coast har­monies.

Too heavy for synth pop, too light for elec­tro‑rock is about the size of it.

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