If you're a fan of creative alt rock acts like the Silversun Pickups and the Smashing Pumpkins, chances are you'll find some budding brilliance in up-and-coming Indiana-based alternative/acoustic duo Victory Garden. Their latest EP "What's Left Behind" is full of surprisingly mature songwriting and lush musical arrangements. It's a well-produced effort that doesn't lose itself in perfection; much like Chino Moreno or Billy Corgan, Victory Garden singer/guitarist Michael Finney's delivery is somewhat raw and unpolished, and it makes for a more emotional listen.
"As A Ghost" is a standout, with it's Tom Waits-waltz, heartbroken horns and memorable chorus vocals that are content to wallow in the comforting moodiness. I really haven't come across any other band quite like this, as most new acts are content with the same electro/indie pop stylings currently being plugged by most major blogs. Although, granted, there is good content there, it's relieving to know that there inventiveness in rock music.
Take a listen for yourself below: