Album review: Mt St Helens Vietnam Band - 'Where the Messengers Meet' (Dead Oceans)

Washington quintet sweep away angles for second effort

Album review: Mt St Helens Vietnam Band - 'Where the Messengers Meet' (Dead Oceans)

6 / 10 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 Wolf Parade and Modest Mouse. 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 Pink Floyd. Swirling organ and layered strings underpin Benjamin Verdoes’ vocals, which uplifts and unsettles in equal measure.

Tessa Harris

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