The Rare Occasions don't make it that rare at all to craft little indie-pop symphonies on the new "Applefork" E.P.
Of the five tracks, four have tiered arrangements, pushing forward and pulling back sonic asides that give these 3-1/2-minute-long songs decent sweep, so there's your symphonic element (and the straight-ahead "Getaway" isn't a slouch when it comes to just fervently bopping).
All of the songs are a little wobbly with guitars and keys teetering in time to singer Brian McLaughlin's moods as they run from forlorn to damn-well pleased. There's your indie element.
And all of the songs are about dudes and chicks. She's leaving; he's leaving; they're staying; she's murdering; he's running: you get the picture, and there's your pop element.
But while there is a certain formula at play here, "Applefork" is by no means boring. The opener "Battin' Lashes" fuses soulful vocal belting to lean, angular guitar riffs. A burst of gnarly guitar erupts in the middle of the Brechtian bravado of "Miss Mary Mack." "Silhouettes" is all psychedelic glimmer.
"Applefork" is available at http://therareoccasions.bandcamp.com/album/applefork . The Rare Occasions play Friday, April 26, at the Middle East, 472, Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. The show also features Frank and Dependent, Orca Orca, and Anjimile. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Jimmy Fund.
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