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Thin Hymns, Chandeliers, Roommate, Norwegian Arms 

When: Mon., Sept. 2, 9 p.m. 2013
“All Around You,” the first track on Thin Hymns’ recent four-song cassette, Black Water, opens with a loping, bass-driven groove that’s so strong and seductive that they could sing the Sesame Street theme over it and I’d still be hooked. Luckily the Chicago art-rock quartet’s murky textures, slippery melodies, and swooping harmonies (durable moves borrowed from the Grizzly Bear playbook) improve upon that first impression. The tunes are full of beguiling details: the weird, underwater guitar and unison voices on the multipartite “All Around You” (which reminds me of the peculiar art-pop of Jim Jarmusch’s early-80s band the Del-Byzanteens), or Michael Hilger’s gorgeous liquid falsetto on the bridge of the title track, with fluttering flute and cello following in its wake. Black Water is only Thin Hymns’ second release as a full band, but its unfussy detail and brisk confidence makes its seem like they’ve been around much longer—and I’ll be happy to to hear where their ambitions take them next. —Peter Margasak Chandeliers, Roommate, and Norwegian Arms open.


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