Voice Traffic, Memory Boys, Glass Teeth

When: Sat., Nov. 17, 7 p.m. 2012

Memory Boys seem to span the Northwest—their members claim origin in Portland, Olympia, and Whidbey Island—and their music similarly spans the recent pop-music history of the terrain, with echoes of K Records' and Kill Rock Stars' best-loved releases and artists like Elliott Smith and LAKE. The first full-length, Send It Across to Me, is a deviously catchy album, with simple musical ideas that kaleidoscopically expand in front of your ears. Listen to the way "Pact" turns from slow, ground-out chords into a blossoming piano figure and a stunningly warm chorus. Throughout the record, there's church-like organ, Zombies-esque harmonies, bummed-out balladry, sunshiny sing-alongs, and groaning guitar fuzz. These are perfectly constructed pop songs, and Send It Across to Me is a richly interesting and deeply rewarding album—the kind that you hang onto for years and years. It has "all-time favorite" potential written all over it. NED LANNAMANN

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