Allah-Las - Calico Review

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Calico Review shows a band that's grown confident enough in its own style to reflect the perspectives of each member, & craft an album that changes up the approach from song-to-song, while retaining their abilities as a cohesive unit.

Strange Heat۝ reflects a control & character that burns off of the band‰۪s knack for restraint. Songs like ‰ÛÏFamous Phone Figure ۝cradle character sketches over delicate strains of violin, organ, & Mellotron, Matthew Correia's drumming carefully underlining a three-note theme that casts a phantom sadness over the proceedings, the group exerting a touch both light & steady enough to bring your mood to theirs.

Could Be You۝ works off a steady percussive gallop, guitarist Miles Michaud waxing reflexively on second chances while the band focuses on forward motion. ‰ÛÏRoadside Memorial۝ applies the Bo Diddley beat to the open road, Pedrum Siadatian stepping up on vocals, & finding new ways to match his talents to propulsive musical ends. Elsewhere, High & Dry,۝ features Correia on lead vocals, focusing on their most quintessential & peerless quality: writing emotionally resonant pop, at once direct & detached, casual & knowing, & instantly memorable. The dream factory itself gets called out in the fun, surf-stung number ‰ÛÏ200 South La Brea,۝ its carnival-like atmosphere reflecting the excitement & anxiety of those who await their judgment.