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Time Well Spent


The genesis of the South Florida duo Time Well Spent is one of love -- love for '60s psych, '70s soft rock, and a man named Burt. Vocalist Casey Fundaro (the nephew of Three Dog Night's Danny Hutton) and guitarist/pianist Christopher Moll (formerly of locals See Venus) have cut their teeth on these influences and pasted them into this sweet collage of sounds. Produced by Thom Monahan of the Pernice Brothers, Time Well Spent plays out like elegant chamber pop for the hyperactive, as a majority of the songs are under four minutes. Throughout, Fundaro's vocals are so soft and restrained, you'd think there was a sleeping baby in the recording booth. But it works. "Anyone to Be" is all piano and strings building to a crescendo of honey-coated harmonies. "Probably" is where Burt Bacharach's ghost (I know he's not dead, but just work with me) comes in and cues the horns. "Sitting by the Window" is a foray into a 1966 psych-organ sugar high. This CD is like finding candy in your pockets. -- Audra Schroeder

Check out Time Well Spent's CD-release party at 10 p.m. Saturday, October 23, at Dada, 52 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-330-3232.

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