Callers, Thin Hymns | Subterranean | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Sat., Sept. 15, 9:30 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
On the forthcoming Reviver (Partisan) New York indie band Callers have streamlined their sound, even as they've grown into a four-piece. The eclectic sprawl of 2010's Life of Love, within which ethereal folk and blue-eyed soul jockeyed for space, has been smoothed out into a more unified kind of art-rock with those elements as accents. Front woman Sara Lucas remains the undeniable center of the music, and she seems to be learning how to rein in her ornate and powerful voice so that it doesn't overshadow the intricate backing tracks. Beneath the songs' slick and expertly rendered surfaces, there are unexpectedly jazzlike interactions—twin guitar parts pivot and slide around the driving grooves, creating off-kilter rhythms that fight a gentle tug-of-war with the honeyed, straightforward singing. The tension is subtle and reveals itself slowly, but the more clearly you can feel it, the more powerful the music becomes. —Peter Margasak Thin Hymns open.

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