Genre: indie pop, lo-fi, twee
Gentle indie pop songs
from this one-man act out of Limoges, France, who's clearly more
than a fan of the Sarah Records stable. These songs revel in an
understated bliss constructed out of drum machines, strummed guitar
lines, and blasť vocals. Stephane's voice lacks dynamism and
frequently drones along, though the lack of punch is somewhat
buffered by the lush and jangly guitar chords. Several songs do hook
on to solid if familiar melodies -- the Belle & Sebastian
quaintness of "It Was a Beautiful Day," the Elliott Smith-inflected,
bare-boned acoustic guitar on "It's a Long Way Wish,"
prettily mellow "The Night of the Stars"... Often, this record is nothing
short of pleasant, despite its understandably amateurish elements.
Still, owing to the lo-fi conditions and certain faults, Skittle
Alley's self-titled debut will appeal mainly to diehard indie
[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by