Reviews: Eternal Fair, Haunted Horses, Ganges River Band

Noel Brass Jr., “False Flag Scopes” (out now, self-released, soundcloud.com/noelbrassjr): The Afrocop keyboardist takes us on a journey that feels like the soundtrack to a space explorer’s first steps onto an alien planet. Like all Brass’ productions, you get the feeling he’s hinting at a less-than-utopian scenario.

*Noel Brass Jr., “Under Envelopes” (out now, self-released, soundcloud.com/noelbrassjr): Brass gifts us the feeling of ascension here, with hyperenergetic, vintage synth flurries alongside wavering key tones.

Eternal Fair, The Horse That Carries the Wheel (4/16, self-released, eternalfair.tumblr.com): Led by vocalist Andrew Vait, EF delivers a full-length debut driven by classic-rock riffs, rolling percussion, and Vait’s knack for storytelling. Don’t miss the singer’s falsetto on “Michael John”—it’s epic in a Freddie Mercury kind of way. (Fri., April 12, Columbia City Theater)

*Ganges River Band, Ganges River Band (4/12, self-released, reverbnation.com/thegangesriverband): Frontman A.P. Dugas’ vocals sound as though they were lifted straight off a dusty road in the Texas back country. And though his gravelly tone—recalling the easy-metered croon of Son Volt’s Jay Farrar —hails from the South (specifically Houston), this debut release, with the backing of his three-piece ensemble—from Randy Neil’s gently rolling pedal steel on “Winter All the Time” to the steady barroom twirl of “Sweet Anne Marie”—sounds right at home in Seattle’s burgeoning Urbanicana scene. (Fri., April 12, Tractor Tavern)

Grynch & Budo, “Treadin’ ” 12” (4/16, Fin, getgrynch.com): On the self-titled A-side, Grynch tackles feelings of stagnation, while the B-side’s “So Far (Budo Remix)” swaps out Jake One’s original organ-laced instrumental (from the original on Grynch’s album Perspective) for a light Caribbean rhythm accented by electric keys and sunny guitar slides.

*Haunted Horses, Watcher (out now, self-released, hauntedhorses.com): Riotous slaughter music that creeps under your skin, then delivers the teeth. (Fri., April 12, Black Lodge)

*Mikey and Matty, Harbor Island (out now, self-released, soundcloud.com/mikey-and-matty): The Gervais brothers (of piano-pop outfit Curtains for You) break out on their own with this collection of lush, homegrown indie-rock melodies, complete with improvised percussion from household objects. (Sat., May 4, Fremont Abbey)

*The Quiet Ones, Molt in Moments (4/11, Advance Records, soundcloud.com/the-quiet-ones/molt-in-moments-1/s-uvwZ2): On their fourth album, you’ll hear Pavement, the Beatles, and Sonic Youth, but there’s something distinctly ’90s about the affair; it’s built on tight pop melodies, but distortion, screaming guitar solos, and jamming rock harmonies fill the spaces in between. (Thurs., April 11, Barboza)

Seacats, Burger 7” (4/20, Fin, seacats.bandcamp.com): This 7” is best explained as a teaser for this power-pop five-piece’s forthcoming full-length. Both its tracks—the Weezer-lite “We Don’t Sleep” and the hokey country experiment “Hard Truth”—have been around a while (the former since 2009), and they sound insubstantial compared to “Wrecked,” the brawny first single from the new album. (Thurs., April 25, Columbia City Theater)

 
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