We Leave at Midnight, Holy Rolling Flower Band, released Dec 9.
Leading off another trifecta of fine local releases is We Leave at Midnight's (WLAM) latest offering, the crafty psych-pop-rock group's second full length effort. As with previous work from the John Dailey-led WLAM, Holy Rolling Flower Band begins with a Beatles blueprint and piles on sophistication from there. This is a pop album through and through, but don't get it twisted: it's also a lush, layered, harmony-laden affair, hallmarked by satisfying shifts in tempo and texture, abundantly evident attention to detail, and the straight up virtuosic keyboard work of Chris Guerra. Suffice it to say that this is easily the most fully realized output from WLAM, a band that has been been (more or less) active on the scene for seven years. Favorite track: the expansive, saturated, and colorful quasi-ballad "Don't Be Afraid."
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