Soccer Team, “Volunteered” Civility & Professionalism

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The new project of Beauty Pill member Ryan Nelson, Soccer Team finds him furthering his fascination with gloriously skewed songwriting, but scaling down the size of those songs considerably. Ably aided by Melissa Quinley, Nelson delivers songs made up of only a few simple parts — an outline of guitar, a simple backbeat, a loping vocal melody. And yet even without layers of sound, there's a majesty and potency to the songs on "Volunteered" Civility & Professionalism that's hard to deny. A hazy, eerie backing vocal floats over top of "Cavity Called Home" casting strange shadows, and "Head Outside", guided by Quinley's commanding vocal, crams energy and ominousness into just a couple of fuzzy chords.