“Hello San Francisco”
April 22, 2014 - Mariel
Throughout the past eight years, Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s have quietly (and at times not so quietly) evolved from a chamber-pop group on their debut album The Dust Of Retreat to an indie-rock band on Buzzard and Rot Gut, Domestic. Their fifth album, Sling Shot To Heaven, finds them a band in the middle: somewhere between somber minor-key melodies and heavier, experimental rock. The connecting factor between the songs is the laconic, melancholy spirit Margot have perfected. At times the weight can feel too heavy and risk putting the listener into a lull (“I Don’t,” “When You’re Gone”). But when the band find the sweet spot (the breezy “Hello San Francisco,” the sultry “Long-Legged Memphis Blonde,” the surprisingly sweet acoustic number “Go To Sleep You Little Creep”), it works brilliantly.