9 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following a healthy buzz garnered by its 2009 EP and its often-blogged-about live performances, Los Angelino indie quintet Vanaprasta surpasses expectations with its cleverly crafted debut album, Healthy Geometry. “Nine Equals Nine” starts with fluttering analog oscillations that undulate over sequenced drumbeats. Then singer Steven Wilkins takes over the tune with soulful inflections; check out the gospel-inspired harmonies on the bridge. “Minnesota” blends vintage organ tremolo with looped guitar lines over scattered beats that make way for more wailing croons. Wilkins exercises vocal restraint on the title track as it slowly builds like a late-'90s Radiohead tune, with angular arrangements and endlessly ascending guitar leads. He pushes the falsetto notes as far as they can go in the beautifully melancholy “Don’t Go Home.” The moody closing song, “Crushing Ants,” moves at a snail’s pace: winding guitars gradually build a juggernaut of sonic momentum that only stops to excrete a heavy rumbling bass solo before hard-rocking riffs unfold.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following a healthy buzz garnered by its 2009 EP and its often-blogged-about live performances, Los Angelino indie quintet Vanaprasta surpasses expectations with its cleverly crafted debut album, Healthy Geometry. “Nine Equals Nine” starts with fluttering analog oscillations that undulate over sequenced drumbeats. Then singer Steven Wilkins takes over the tune with soulful inflections; check out the gospel-inspired harmonies on the bridge. “Minnesota” blends vintage organ tremolo with looped guitar lines over scattered beats that make way for more wailing croons. Wilkins exercises vocal restraint on the title track as it slowly builds like a late-'90s Radiohead tune, with angular arrangements and endlessly ascending guitar leads. He pushes the falsetto notes as far as they can go in the beautifully melancholy “Don’t Go Home.” The moody closing song, “Crushing Ants,” moves at a snail’s pace: winding guitars gradually build a juggernaut of sonic momentum that only stops to excrete a heavy rumbling bass solo before hard-rocking riffs unfold.

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