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SAME OLD SONG
PLAYA DE CARMEN
EXPECTING TO FLY
DO YOU SLEEP ALONE
-----ISOTOPES is the solo debut from RUSTY SQUEEZEBOX, perhaps better known as the co - founding singer/songwriter/guitarist (along with Mike Randle) of BABY LEMONADE, one of LAs favorite bands. Following 1998s critically acclaimed EXPLORING MUSIC, Rusty and Mike, the two main creative forces behind Baby Lemonade, each decided to explore some music on their own. For ISOTOPES, Rusty chose to work again with NICK WALUSKO (Wondermints), who also co - produced Exploring Music- but anyone looking for Exploring Music II is in for a surprise - and a pleasant one at that! Sure, the songs are just as well crafted and melodic, but ISOTOPES goes for a more intimate, acoustic ambience, creating something in a mellower mood than the usual buzzing brilliance of Baby Lemonade.Thats not to say that there isnt a large amount of great hooks and sing - along choruses (there are), but the proceedings have been toned down just a hair, showing us the softer side of Squeezebox, so to speak, on tunes like the smooth opener Same Old Song and breathtaking Little Century.But ISOTOPES is by no means an Unplugged effort - from the sophisticated synth - slacker groove of the first single Better World to the ethereally spaced out cover of Neil Youngs Expecting to Fly to the upbeat jangler Lights Out, the album satisfies on every level - artistically, musically and emotionally.
-----With contributions from his fellow bandmates as well as some of LAs pop cogniscenti (Walusko, Lisa Jenio of Candypants, Danny Moynahan of The Untouchables, Dramaramas Chris Carter and pedal steel virtuoso Russ Blake), RUSTY SQUEEZEBOX has come up with a dazzling, collection of beautiful sounds.