I had never heard of Accents before but with “Growth And Squalor” this two-man band has released one of the most inviting and warm albums I have heard in a long time. Every single song somehow already rings familiar. And I mean that in the best of ways.
The album is off to a very good start with “Divide”, “Way Out” and “The Fog” and while the rest of the album is not equally consistent, things never really go downhill. They just have a knack for writing good hooks and know how to wrap those in warm arrangements.
This is indie rock at its finest with a folky touch that wouldn’t look out of place next to Nada Surf, Death Cab or Kevin Devine. And while they’re not doing anything new (how else could it already sound so familiar?), “Growth And Squalor” is most definitely a very solid album.