The Eames Era – Double Dutch

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The Eames Era – Double Dutch

A peak into the Baton Rouge scene

Named after designers Charles and Ray Eames, this Baton Rouge-based band of recent college grads studied at the feet of Elvis Costello and Television, but singer Ashlyn Phillips is actually classically trained. The contrast between the band’s ruff-and-tumble, guitar-pop noise and Phillips’ boldly and perfectly enunciated vocals enlivens its debut, especially on the kickoff “Go to Sleep” and the soaring “Listen for the Sun.” The Eames Era never quite realizes the full pop potential of this dynamic, but these songs about the band’s small scene—chronicling the social and/or romantic entanglements of friends and acquaintances—draws you into its world, at least for 34 minutes.

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