10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Time Between” sounds like an obvious follow-up to The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” with its overriding drone using modern synths over a melody line that hews close to the original. Not that Jon Philpot was aiming for such a thing. The emphasis for this Brooklyn-based band is on following ideas where they take you and then refining them so others might find them interesting. Jason Nazary’s drums and percussion veer from dedicated motorik to vaguely jazzy, depending on the moment; Adam Willis’ guitars aren’t easily nailed down to a specific genre, unless avoiding blues-rock clichés is now a genre of its own. Songs such as “Autumn,” “If I Were to Lie,” and “They Dream” feature strong musicianship that carries through to the harmonies. Because the pop moves give way without warning to spacy moves and introspective weirdness, the songs retain an inner logic that demands repeated exposure. Such subtle, moody, and tuneful work deserves to be replayed, since it’s likely that listening closer will yield even greater results.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Time Between” sounds like an obvious follow-up to The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows,” with its overriding drone using modern synths over a melody line that hews close to the original. Not that Jon Philpot was aiming for such a thing. The emphasis for this Brooklyn-based band is on following ideas where they take you and then refining them so others might find them interesting. Jason Nazary’s drums and percussion veer from dedicated motorik to vaguely jazzy, depending on the moment; Adam Willis’ guitars aren’t easily nailed down to a specific genre, unless avoiding blues-rock clichés is now a genre of its own. Songs such as “Autumn,” “If I Were to Lie,” and “They Dream” feature strong musicianship that carries through to the harmonies. Because the pop moves give way without warning to spacy moves and introspective weirdness, the songs retain an inner logic that demands repeated exposure. Such subtle, moody, and tuneful work deserves to be replayed, since it’s likely that listening closer will yield even greater results.

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