For a band whose members all have multiple side projects and day
jobs, Aloha has been remarkably prolific. Not ones to sacrifice
quality for quantity, however, they have gained a reputation for
creating thoughtful and stirring music in the seemingly contradictory
"post-rock pop" genre. Their fourth LP, Some Echoes,
is no exception. Armed with their trademark combination of vibraphones,
keyboards and fuzzed-out guitars, Aloha delivers yet another idiosyncratic
gem. Some Echoes runs the gamut from the restrained and aloof
"Big Morning" to the exhilarating "Summer Lawns",
yet the common denominator throughout is a sophisticated precision.
This is not an album of heated passion or flippant prettiness, but
rather a carefully crafted canvas of allusions and illusions-catharsis
giving way to subtlety and light-heartedness being exchanged for
a rich and meaningful beauty. And yet, the album isn't so serious
as to be snooty; a good portion of the album - including tracks
like the sexy, slinky "Come Home" and the galloping "Weekend"
- would have even the hippest of hipsters writhing on the dance
floor. From beginning to end, Some Echoes merits attentive
and repeated listening, and the reward for those who do so is the
1. Brace Your Face
2. Big Morning
3. Your Eyes
4. Ice Storming
5. Between the Walls
6. Come Home
8. Summer Lawn
9. If I Lie Down
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