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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Fly by Wire

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Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin — Fly by Wire

Released: Sept. 17
Our Rating: 3/5
Spec Recs: “Cover All Sides,” “Nightwater Girlfriend,” “Fly by Wire”
In One Word: Lively

During a six-day stay in Russia, the Missouri-based trio Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin spent time with close friends and the personal translator of Boris Yeltsin, the band’s namesake and politician who served as the first president of Russia.

Fly by Wire is the fourth full-length album from SSLYBY and comes three years after the release of Let it Sway. Driven by a newfound zest for the art of music making, the release is laced with clap-happy beats, simple lyrics that are not disgustingly sweet and fun melodies. “The whole experience of going to Russia renewed my belief that songs and words have power. I wanted to make a record before that feeling went away,” says Phil Dickey.

For production, the group returned to its starting point — the attic of Will Knauer‘s parents, which was where debut album Broom (2005) was conceived more than eight years ago. Fly By Wire‘s guitar parts were strung on the windowsills and vocals were recorded in a staircase. The final product is the familiar pop that the band is known for but more effervescent.

Melodic switch ups and breakdowns prove that the members know how to make songs swell into something substantial. The album suffices in its 10 tracks and 30-minute duration — neither abundant nor sparse. It is charismatic pop that should appeal to fans with an acquired taste for SSLYBY’s sound, as well as those who are merely taste testing.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is currently on tour and will be in Arizona to perform at Pub Rock Live on Nov. 12 with locals Dust Jacket. Tickets, $10-12, are still available and can be purchased online through TicketFly. Fly by Wire is out now via PolyVinyl Records.

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