Sholi, 'Sholi' (Quarterstick/Touch and Go)

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by Sarah Dupuis

This California trio's debut album spools out experimental escapades with multiple sections that range all the way from the abrasive minimalism of Shellac (minus the attitude) to the ornate spookiness of Grizzly Bear (minus the doo-wop). Produced by Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier, Sholi deftly incorporates eerie groans, math-rock guitars, la-la sing-alongs, and frenetic drum lines. But in between the mania and ethereality, the music's greatest accomplishment is its only constant: simple, striking scalar melodies that, whether buried under fuzz bass or acoustic arpeggios, make each track breathtaking and keep the band's genre shifts refreshing, rather than overwhelming.

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