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Marching Band: Swooning In Springtime

Marching Band: Swooning In Springtime

Make No Plans
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Wednesday's Pick

  • Song: "Make No Plans"
  • Artist: Marching Band
  • CD: Spark Large
  • Genre: Power-Pop
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In "Make No Plans," Marching Band captures the naive and serious side of youthful romance. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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It's hard to visualize anything but spring while listening to Sweden's Marching Band. The group's debut album, Spark Large, is full of sunny pop songs that blush and sigh like a teenager in love, especially in "Make No Plans."

The song's pure power-pop melodies, nervously chiming guitars and tender vocal counterpoints all grow together like a garden in full, ecstatic bloom. There's a wonderfully earnest, wide-eyed quality to the chorus — "I'll call you on the phone / Make no plans tomorrow" — that adds to the swoonworthiness of the song and helps make it soar. Imagine Teenage Fanclub's fragile pop purism crossed with a little of The Shins' quirkiness, and the picture grows clearer.

Throughout "Make No Plans," Marching Band manages to capture and reclaim the naive and serious side of youthful romance in a way that's both respectful and spell-binding. Hope and promise were always supposed to sound like this.

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