Album review: Mt St Helens Vietnam Band – ‘Where the Messengers Meet’ (Dead Oceans)

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Washington quintet sweep away angles for second effort

This second offering from the Seattle indie-poppers sees them take a step back from the jaunty and angular style that defined their self-titled debut and garnered comparisons to [a]Wolf Parade[/a] and [a]Modest Mouse[/a]. Although still fans of start-stop measures and tempo changes, this time around songs are given some welcome room to breathe and the quartet focus on grand, pastoral soundscapes, which loosely recall the likes of [a]Pink Floyd[/a]. Swirling organ and layered strings underpin [b]Benjamin Verdoes[/b]’ vocals, which uplifts and unsettles in equal measure.

[b]Tessa Harris[/b]