An E.P. titled "Summer Home" suggests a batch of songs meant to be played on a boom box at the beach or in a car rolling along, windows down, tunes cranked. But that's not the case on Old Abram Brown's "Summer Home." These five songs are serious headphone music, as in settle down in the pad and bust out the big cans, not those little buds.
Apart from the rambunctious "Mary Anne," the material on "Summer Home" takes on a wistful tone, sometimes listing toward the melancholy, sometimes toward the hopeful. It's all beautifully textured with dramatic keys, clean, chiming guitar parts, and subtle rhythms worked out on drums and percussion.
Singer Carson Lund projects a big confident sound even when his songs are tumbling down jagged memories, as is the case in "Letter Never Sent." His work is an effective upending of mumbly, shrinking, and shrieking indie-rock convention.
The song "Summer Home" is bit of transportive pop that uses the band's cinematic qualities to paint a whole new kind of summertime blues.
Old Abram Brown releases the E.P. on April 16, at which time you can grab it here http://oldabrambrown.bandcamp.com/album/summer-home-2
The band gets an early jump on celebrating the release with a show Wednesday, April 10, at Great Scott, 1222 Commonwealth Ave., Allston. Doors open at 8 p.m., with Kid Mountain and Abadabad also on the bill.
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