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Review: Rocketship Park- Cakes & Cookies by jason
June 7, 2011, 12:30 pm
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Rocketship Park- Cakes & Cookies. Serious Business Records, 2011.

Rocketship Park is a band that I’ve been meaning to check out for a long time. Frontman and virtual one-man-band Josh Kaufman is a member of one of my favorite bands, Balthrop, Alabama, so I try to keep up with the various solo projects and other bands that the members are involved with.

So what does Rocketship Park sound like? That’s a damn good question, and one that I’m having trouble answering. They don’t really sound like any specific band that I know of. They’re kind of a soft-indie-pop, with keyboards, guitars, the occasional banjo, and I think I might have heard a glockenspiel. All of these elements blend together to form a musical whole that is the Rocketship Park sound…they’re not “that band with the banjos” or “the ones with the glockenspiel.” Kaufman knows when to add these instruments and when to leave them out. There’s no gimick here.

Some of my favorite tracks on Cakes are the single “Fast Friends,” “Head,” about a man trying to reconcile his feelings for someone who is not his significant other, and “See You.” It almost feels arbitrary to list favorite tracks, though, as the entire album is great. And during the month of June, it’s FREE as a digital download on the band’s Bandcamp page. The album is also available as a CD that comes with a 7″ of “Fast Friends” and a cookie made by Kaufman and his wife, Annie Nero (Balthrop, Alabama; The Bandana Splits). Music AND cookies!?! You can’t go wrong with that!

-jason

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