125 NW 5th
Midway through “Spring Song,” the opening track of the Lark’s fine first record, Pines, the song’s somber tremolo voice and moody backdrop give way to a joyous pop explosion, with soaring voices and ascending guitar lines. It’s clear evidence of a more-than-capable new band that is bound to garner plenty of attention. Indeed, the steady potboiler of “Miss You More” already found a slot on the soundtrack of the new Dustin Hoffman-Emma Thompson movie Last Chance Harvey—but it’s actually one of the Lark’s least cinematic tracks. For more mind’s-eye listening, check out “Come Lately,” a creeping music-hall shuffle straight off the Kinks’ never-written, never-recorded LSD album, or “Every Day,” a Pretty Things-style love song complete with a guitar solo that isn’t actually a solo—it’s a complete melodic thought. Pines is awfully good, that rare psychedelic rock record that manages to stay buoyant even as it flirts with darkness. NL - portland mercury
I used to play bass in this band, you should probably go see them if you live in portland.