"the duo's self-titled debut is sgt.pepper's for the twee
set, a pretty, psychedelic trip down pillowmint lane."
- dan strachota, sf weekly
"in the world of holey cardigans, geeky glasses with thick frames, and belle and sebastian shows, some indie-poppers may think that they don't need anything more. not so: at least, not without scrabbel, anyway. the bay area multi-instrumentalist duo makes up scrabbel shows the indie-pop world that the letter 'S' can stand for words like sweet and shy and not sickly. on dan lee and becky barron's debut self-titled release, the songs bring to mind unrest before mark robinson's ego got the best of him, moose before their obscurity made them... well, obscure, mixed in with the beatles before they became a household name. the letter 'D' doesnt stand for derivative, though: in this case it stands for delightful."
- elle a, bay area buzz
"this san francisco duo creates music that's downright gorgeous. becky barron and her pal, dan lee, have put together a record that tends to be an eclectic listen, but not to point of sacrificing cohesiveness. the two multi-instrumentalists use a wide range of instruments (from kazoos to saxophones) to create an expansive sound that at times borders on shoegaze, but gives greater attention to melody than effects pedals... pet sounds compositions for space stations."
- brian, santa cruz fish rap
"scrabbel's debut album practically begs for the distinction of being the feel-good hit of the summer. it's lovely, winsome and immediately appealing. multi-instrumentalists becky barron and dan lee have a convivial, engaging presence that makes listening to their music an experience akin to hanging out with friends at a barbecue on a beautiful day... scrabbel are unfailingly pleasant company for a dreary afternoon."
- scott jacobson, splendid e-zine
"scrabbel is the duo of becky (from poundsign and the mosquitos) and some guy named dan. together they create light n' airy muffins (i mean songs) that are simple and lots of fun. hey give us a little samba on "pillowmint" and gargle underwater on "everyday." no matter who is singing the vocals are pleasant and the songs seem off-the-cuff enough to keep it moving and not boring.."
- tim hinely, dagger
"scrabbel toy around with space age bachelor pad, french new wave, and tropicalla. they excel in the more poppy moments like pillowmint, a dancey little french new wave number... the perfect singles band"
- the bee's knees
"lightweight, beautifully composed pop songs, the home recordings of scrabbel sound so easy, so simplistic, the indie-pop, lo-fi approach mirroring that of other minimalists, while still managing to pack a full (though still airy) pop punch in the recordings. the songs are sleepy and dreamy, but have enough oomph from the rhythm section to keep you, and the songs, from dozing off. this is promising indie-pop with a lot of pretty songs that will make you smile, and the boy-girl voices meld together, sounding like the sweetest candy tastes - darn good."
- alex, in music we trust
"these two pals of the aislers set fit well alongside A.S., exuding a youthful sing-song air that also made me think of a less hyper, acoustic apples in stereo - perhaps in part due to their girl/boy buttercream icing vocals and strummy guitars. however, they do throw their own tasty twists and shimmies in there: a mellow loungey organ melody, a lo-fi drum machine beat, an assortment of kitschy samples and various other noisemakers (horns and kazoos!). delightful."
- alex, aquarius records
"game gamines pop rarely gets sweeter or more squeaky clean than scrabbel. aislers set's dan lee and poundsign's becky barron borrow the breezy whispers of bossa nova and the lazy, strataloungey air of "somethin' stupid" without the accompanying brash swing or underlying digs. sprucing up a style of '60s-enthralled pop lite for kids who like to play nice, the S.F. duo make good use of toy pianos, crap bongos, oddball pieces of percussion, and even the random underwater submarine sound on candy-coated slivers of cuteness like "pillowmint"
- alex, sf bay guardian
"this is music best heard at a fancy-pants dinner party (when nobody'll let you listen to your black flag cds) or on some private beach in hawaii while you sip coconut milk under an umbrella"
- no-fi magazine