This Brooklyn-via-Missouri band is engagingly (and sometimes confoundingly) mutable. Their 2007 debut Fort Nightly now sounds like a Latin-tinged version of Vampire Weekend’s indie afro-pop. But Tito Puente had left the building by 2009’s It’s Frightening, a dark-angled indie-pop affair produced by Spoon’s Britt Daniel. Their third album deepens the rockist intentions with a track called “Heavy Metal” and a sound that’s like Spoon or Fountains of Wayne dipped in distracted keyboard/noise-guitar ooze – power pop dis-empowered. Stephen Patterson’s lyrics don’t amount to much beyond a forlorn, transitory moodiness but they fit the music’s shadowy impermanence. When he sings “I’m not me” you can’t help but (vaguely) wonder which not-him he’ll be next.
Listen To White Rabbit’s “Heavy Metal”:
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