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Compared to the confectionary pop of Call and Response’s eponymous debut, their sophomore LP plays with seasoned sophistication. The decision to eschew live performances to focus on songwriting paid off, as did letting operatically trained singer Carrie Clough take over lead vocals. Clough’s beautifully melancholic voice balances restraint with emotive moments throughout Winds Take No Shape. This greatly helped evolve the band’s earlier bubblegum leanings toward a more matured baroque-pop approach. Dan Judd (Sorcerer, Hatchback) also stepped up his game as guitarist—check out the opening song, “Colors Bleed,” where he segues from jangly strumming to muted rhythms with fluid style. Terri Loewenthal also grew as a bassist here; she lays low during Clough’s vocal parts and then fills up negative space with toneful fretboard dexterity. The magic moments in Winds Take No Shape thrive in moments of contrast. “Trapped Under Ice” clashes wintry themes with sunny melodies, while “Misty Moon” rubs minimal synthesizer parts against the grain of acoustic guitars.


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

With their combination of electronic pop and sixties sunshine pop/rock, Call and Response's cheerful harmonies and good-time fun reflect the happier side of their native California. Added to their influences of The Cardigans, Stereolab and Weezer, Call and Response's junction of dual male/ female vocal exchanges are featured on their first single "Rollerskate," which was released on Shelflife Records in January of 2000. The...
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