September 29, 2009

Nurses - Apples Acres (2009)

Portland's Nurses make weird, shambling indie rock that falls somewhere between Animal Collective and Dr. Dog. The songs sound like the band pieced together catchy fragments – vocal harmonies, rhythms, and tinkling piano – to create a casually psychedelic album that feels both imaginative and intimate. Perhaps the greatest trick is how they keep an awesome, whistle-happy aural mosaic like "Caterpillar Playground" from sounding overly cluttered. "Manatarms" lurches forward with the layered vocals and a percussive piano, while "Technicolor" shimmers and builds over almost ambient taps and gurgles. Every song sound playful and deceptively loose and off the cuff. While Aaron Chapman's nasal vocals and the lack of classic song structure might push some people away, repeat listens continue to be rewarding.


awmercy said...

The more I listen to this album, the more I love it.