Facetious it may be, but its far from pretentious; there isnt a hint of self-seriousness or egotism here, and it makes for a listening experience thats both endearing and immersive.
The bands self-released debut, Plafond EP, is an exuberantly garnished three-track release one that showcases a diverse instrumental breadth, clever arrangements and charming la-di-da harmonization. Each song is an exercise in charisma and compositional wherewithal, yet the group remains careful never to stray far from the formula.
The title track, for example, starts in a ¾ waltz with vocal harmonies layered atop an alluring synth/guitar hook and a languid bass line. A minute-and-a-half in, the time signature is altered and the tempo increased in a brief instrumental passage, only to revert back to its original melody. The tactic doesnt surprise, per se, but it keeps listeners on their toes so as not to become seduced by the songs otherwise cordial approach.
This formula persists throughout the EPs 12-plus minutes, but its a formula well-suited for their strengths. The word plafond is defined as an ornately decorated ceiling and its ultimately a fitting descriptor. But how high the ceiling will reach in time is anyones guess.
Download the EP at indiangiverokc.bandcamp.com. Zach Hale