Li Xi's 'Meet Me Somewhere' is a beautiful music collage. The cocktail airy vocals, clean, large Gibson guitars, dub-y bass, bouncy drums, Moog accents, and vignettes of specific scenes and places is pleasantly whimsical. Li Xi's destination is the sun. Before I knew it, we were there; probably halfway through the second track.
The running time of 25:45 shouldn't fool anyone into thinking this music is as economical as the song-lengths. Every tune is filled with exactly what it needs, no more or less, often brimming with all aforementioned elements. At other times, restrained, but always feeling like they could burst at any moment. The last track, 'Moss Beach' is certainly a standout here in that it goes prog towards the end, giving the listener about :45 secs of "Huh?" but not enough to suspect outright format betrayal.
Li Xi are meticulous pop architects. Every San Franciscan should seek out 'Meet Me Somewhere'. It can only help anyone who's bummed over the state of their once-beloved City. For myself, 'Meet Me Somewhere' will be in heavy rotation to buoy me 'til Spring. Li Xi have my sincerest thanks.
The Verdict: 3 Bedpans