"Cleveland's best unknown songwriter strikes again.
(8 OUT OF 10) . . . Every couple of years, Cleveland songwriter Mike Uva tosses off an album of sublime jangle pop, tangled with wry, self-observant lyrics, melancholy chord progressions and encased in warmly lo-fi production values. . . . as catchy as Bob Pollard, as slyly subversive as Lou Barlow, as effortlessly melodic as Nick Salomon. . . . There are hooks everywhere you look here.” --PopMatters
“Mike mutters, croons, and casts his tunes with characters knowingly submitting to their nerves ('Like Water You Press') or their id ('Flip Me Over'). Unlike so much of what I hear in the indie-rock game -- cursory listening, mind you -- Mike not only handles his words well, but understands the mechanics of classic tunesmanship.” --Ed Sotelo
“The strength in this release lies in the honesty and simplicity of its arrangements. . . . If you're like me, and you get turned off by indie bands that throw more instruments into the mix in a vain attempt to make their music more "unique," then you'll certainly appreciate the way Mike Uva and Hook Boy easily shift from one sound to another within their limited pallette, not by using different instruments, but by playing the same set of instruments differently.” --I Rock Cleveland
(5+ OUT OF 6) “Surprisingly melodic and accessible, Static Songs may be an underground release, but the songs are so smooth and familiar that just about anyone could enjoy them . . . . At times, Mike Uva's tunes remind us of The Feelies, Richard Thompson, and Ray Davies . . . and that's just the beginning. Instead of burying his songs in technology and too many overdubs, he presents them simply using only the bare essentials. . . . The more we spin this one, the better the songs sound. Love them gee-tars. Subtle smart pop tracks . . . Very satisfying.” --Babysue
“Graced by tambourines, electric piano and stunning lyrical narratives, Uva's work seems to have found a balance between stripped-back instrumental grace, purposeful intention, and an intrepid flair for the quirky. . . . Grant-Lee Phillips once said that everyone needs a little sanctuary. Static Songs is exquisite . . . and just the ticket.” --Cool Cleveland