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David Bazan

Ivan Agerton

David Bazan, Laura Gibson 

When: Thu., June 30, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $22
I’d heard some stray comparisons made between David Bazan’s recent third solo album, Blanco (Barsuk), and the self-titled debut by short-lived synth-based rock group Headphones, a band Bazan launched in 2005 after the long-running Pedro the Lion called it quits. Sure, both albums employ synths, but the lo-fi grit of Headphones is nowhere to be found on Blanco. Bazan’s first album in five years moves with the sweeping, large-scale melodic sensibility of a film score while retaining a stellar sense of intimacy. The music’s ornate maximalism augments the lonesomeness in Bazan’s yearning vocals; his performances resonate well after each song comes to a close. Bazan’s vivid lyrics on the swaying, bittersweet “Trouble With Boys” provide a snapshot of a young woman’s lifelong strife, his somber vocals filling out the details of the world his protagonist inhabits, and in a stroke of songwriting excellence his vocal inflections suggest there’s light beyond the gloom.
— Leor Galil
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