If You Can is slow-burning pop music made for 4:04 a.m., when the brain has ceased focusing on the task at hand to zone out on sleepless bliss. From the cavernous cadence of the title track to the nonthreatening rattle of "The Hours Eat Flowers," there's not so much an element of sadness behind each song as there is childlike melancholy. Subtle imagery of foliage and fragments of fairy tales weave into the mix, but whether they are indicative of some larger conceptual scheme is never made clear.
At the center of the recording, "Rose" breaks character with a wall of agitated guitar swells, bringing the music to a brief and poignant climax. But things soon drift back to their natural pace, culminating with "Out Like a Lamb," a sentiment that sums up the incident with unassuming suppleness.
The Race plays the Earl Fri., July 23, 9:30 p.m. $6.
*Christ, Lord sorry
"Punk" style like this seems like it is the polar opposite of punk. Bradford Cox…
They're kind of starting to look like a joke of themselves. Song's good though.
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Their show with Chris, Lord about 3 years at the Unicorn was the best.