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Modern Rituals
     

Modern Rituals

by Chief
 

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Santa Monica-based indie rock outfit Chief's low-key debut oozes California sunset melancholy. The quartet's languid, guitar-driven highway pop is built upon a foundation of blue-collar radio favorites like Neil Young and the Band, as well as the early-'90s alt-rock of

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Santa Monica-based indie rock outfit Chief's low-key debut oozes California sunset melancholy. The quartet's languid, guitar-driven highway pop is built upon a foundation of blue-collar radio favorites like Neil Young and the Band, as well as the early-'90s alt-rock of Toad the Wet Sprocket and Red House Painters, and the resulting Modern Rituals feels a little stuck in the middle. Earnest, melodic, and slow to unfold, there's not a bad song on here, but surprises are few and far between. Midtempo rockers like "Nothing's Wrong" and "Breaking Walls" breeze by on the strength of tight, reverb-heavy production, thanks in part to Grammy Award-winning producer Emery Dobyns and vocalist Danny Fujikawa's expressive pipes, but it's a pace that rarely deviates. That said, there are some gems here, including the dark Fleet Foxes-meets-Tom Petty mid-album dirge "Stealing," the spacious, harmony-laden "This Land," and the warm, weary, "Wild Mountain Thyme"-inspired "Irish Song," all suggesting that Chief can hold their own amidst the current crop of windswept West Coast indie rockers like Band of Horses, Wild Light, and Port O'Brien.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/17/2010
Label:
Domino
UPC:
0801390025327
catalogNumber:
253

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