If you go
What: Radio 1190's Locals Live with Boulder's electro-acoustic finger-picker Effulgence
When: Thursday at 6 p.m.
Where: Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Cafe, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., on the Hill
More info: radio1190.org
Pinegrove may be from New Jersey, but the group has more of a southern twang with a knack for mixing gritty alt-country and modern lo-fi indie rock.
On its seventh release, Cardinal , Pinegrove matures in its sound, hitting the sweet spot between alt-country and emo revival, but without falling into clichés. Each track is raw and natural, as if the album was recorded live to tape. Thematically, Cardinal evokes the sounds of small town late-summer moments captured on a disposable camera; the emotions are intense and complex but ultimately fleeting. Frontman Evan Stephens Hall's voice is youthful but gritty with a strange southern drawl that ranges from quiet country mumbles to stressed-out shrieks. Extra instrumentation, such as banjo and lap-steel guitar, are utilized sparingly but add a layer of depth.
Out of the Brooklyn DIY scene, twee-folk outfit Florist released its first full-length, The Birds Outside Sang last month, and even though it's only 30 minutes in length, all 11 tracks are rich with emotive songwriting.
Much like their contemporaries Frankie Cosmos and Eskimaux, Florist specializes in a quiet, intimate style of twee injected with folk. The second guitar-led track, "I Was," is so delicate and light you could almost hear a pin drop if it weren't for the distortion that enters midway through. Themes deal with isolation and loneliness, but the warm guitar tones and textures make the record seem homey and welcoming rather than cold and alone. Though this album has a lot of potential, it's somewhat hard to differentiate Florist's sound from other contemporaries, as there is little variation in vocal style or instrumentation.
In July Japanese math-rock pioneers, Toe ,released a sixth record, Hear You, which keeps the sound hyper-melodic with emotive builds and complex rhythms. Hear You strays from the electronic leaning of the band's prior work for a more rock-oriented album. The record shines with incredible guitar playing and masterful drum composition while the rhythms and song structures are complex. The group succeeds at creating melodies palatable for all audiences. The stand-out ninth track's R&B rhythms and smooth, crooning vocals are reminiscent of the sweetest part of a '90s hip-hop jam. Funny enough, the track is a homage to the Japanese hip-hop scene. With a large breadth of genres and sensibilities, Hear You is a great addition to Toe's discography and has the potential to gain a new audience of listeners.
Calvet is Radio 1190's music director. Read more reviews: coloradodaily.com/columnists.