Get a massage, soak in a hot tub for an hour, and then take a long, deep breath. OK, now you know how it feels to listen to The Postmarks.
The Miami trio's self-titled debut album is a calming--but never boring--package of gorgeous and slightly French-sounding dream pop. The group's increasing numbers of fans aren't the only ones taking notice. The Postmarks have received rave reviews from Internet buzz-makers Pitchfork Media, allmusic.com and spin.com, and they've been mentioned in countless blogs as a band to watch. Some say the music is best for sunny days, others say rainy days. But singer Tim Yehezkely (fyi: Tim's a girl) says the group wants the music to be timeless.
From a New York highway during the group's first national tour, Yehezkely told us about her confusing name, the simplicity of the band's shows and the raunchy (and not-so-raunchy) places you might hear their music.
Tim isn't the most common name for a girl. Does anyone think The Postmarks have a male vocalist singing falsetto?
That would be really funny. That would be really amusing. I don't know. I would assume that most people think that it's a girl singing, and if they read the name going along with the vocal they probably might think, "Oh, did they make an error?" Like if I'm at work [part-time in a pharmacy], and I have my little nametag, they're like, "Did you put on the wrong jacket today?"
Has the name caused any big mix-ups?
Just confusion and longer conversations when initially meeting people.
What's the common response?
They just kind of look at me. "Tim? Oh, OK. Tim, really? Is that short for something? Did your parents want a boy? What's the story behind it?"
Your music seems like it would float away. What's the ideal place to play it? A hot air balloon?
[Laughs] That sounds fun. I like when we play smaller, intimate clubs that are darker. I don't like lights right in my face or anything. I've been to shows where sometimes I'm just into it, and I can sit and listen and I don't have to do anything. ... I think it's that kind of music. There's enough kinds of poppy elements that sometimes people want to dance, and that's nice too when you see an audience having fun and dancing.
What's something people would be surprised to learn about you?
There's probably lots of things. [She asks the rest of the band]. That I rap. Our keyboard player has a computer with a karaoke program and we were doing Beastie Boys and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, and I like to do that on the road.
Want to lay down a verse now?
Oh, no, no. I can't do it on the spot. [Laughs] I can't.
People say The Postmarks could be played in Starbucks. Do you take that as a compliment?
I've heard some good music in Starbucks. So yeah, that's a compliment. Why not?
Is there anywhere you wouldn't want it played?
Gee, no, I think I could live with it being played pretty much well, maybe in a porn movie. I don't know. That could be funny too.
Maybe when the couple is cuddling afterward.
Well they don't do that in porns. They don't cuddle. Well, I haven't seen enough of them I guess.
That's what they all say.
Matt Pais is the metromix music and movies producer. firstname.lastname@example.org