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Descended Like Vultures is a low-key, indie-pop gem packed with plenty of hooks, sweet melodies, and a judicious use of spacey effects and reverberated vocals. Rogue Wave’s memorable debut, 2004’s Out of the Shadow, was basically a Zach Rogue solo project; this time he adds a three-piece backing band to achieve a fuller sound. And fuller it is, especially on the noisy “10:1” and the densely packed “You” and “Love’s Lost Guarantee.” But the band contributes more than volume. The up-tempo songs are warm and dynamic, featuring layered guitars, subtle strings, strong harmonies, and synthesizers that rise like steam from the studio murk and then dissolve away. Rogue possesses a high, lingering voice that lives somewhere between drowsy and detached, making certain lines hard to pick out. But if some lyrics are difficult to discern, the mood is not — think temporary rainy reclusion as opposed to permanent angst, a tone he nails perfectly on “Temporary” and “California,” two gorgeous acoustic ballads. Here’s hoping that Rogue keeps this band around next time he ventures into the studio. 

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An absolute gem...

Sub Pop boast some of the more popular "indie" bands on their books, such as the Shins, Wolf Parade, the Postal Service and Sleater-Kinney. While Rogue Wave have yet to gain the popularity of their peers, you can be sure to hear and see much more of them after the release of this superb album. 'Publish My Love' recently featured in an episode of the O.C, which is sure to expose this hidden indie gem. While this is the stand-out track on the album, 'Descended Like Vultures' offers many great moments, such as the beautiful 'Are You On My Side'. While this album is sure to satisfy all indie-mongers, it does not quite hit the heights of 'Out Of The Shadow', which is Rogue Wave's masterful debut. Buy both!

A modern classic!

Having spun this album for a couple of days I think it's up there. This is great! I might be wrong but I hear a tad of Nirvana in some of them electric guitars but more to the point, this is a great powerpop album, not miles away from a mix between legends Jason Falkner and The Posies. Varied sounds and placement, chucking acoustic guitars, backwards electrics, very produced certain places but that gives you the other worldly universe you sometimes want.... If lyrically a smitch lean tracks like 'Publish My Love', 'Salesman At The Day Of The Parade' and 'California' with btw outstanding good vocals are all awesome and leave you with that feeling of a summers last weeks with a lower hanging sun and chiller evenings.... anyway, that's how it hits here. This music needs to be heard! Hen.


Formed: 2002 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Rogue Wave formed in 2002 when a newly unemployed Zach Rogue left his San Francisco home, visited friends in New York City, and returned to California with nearly a full album's worth of textured, cerebral indie pop. Rogue then quit his post in his previous group, the Desoto Reds, and finished the album, which was released on Rogue's own Responsive label under the title Out of the Shadow. As he was completing the record, Rogue decided to form a band in order to perform the material live, and he soon...
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