Add Date: July 27
Artist: Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band
Album: Where the Messengers Meet
Label: Dead Oceans
Comments: If the adjective used to describe the first Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band record was "unpredictable," their sophomore release Where the Messengers Meet sounds much more focused and, in fact, quite solid. Says the promoter: "They are imperceptibly inching away from an angular style influenced by Modest Mouse and Wolf Parade, instead incorporating an epic sound recalling both the modern masters such as Arcade Fire, and classic pioneers, like Pink Floyd. Lead track 'Leaving Trails' was rightly described in SPIN magazine as a cut that 'showcases Benjamin Verdoes' distorted yet atmospheric vocals and commanding yet subtle guitar work, which switches from ominous to uplifting... fleshed out by Jared Price (bass), the song's sound in simultaneously chaotic and soothing...'" The guitar is still present and in control, but details like a slight organ sound and strings give the album a depth that is surprisingly welcome. Try tracks 1 and 2.