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Radar Bros., ‘Auditorium’ (Merge)

Radar Bros.’ Jim Putnam was once a downcast drifter, but very little seems to be troubling the singer/guitarist on his Los Angeles–based band’s fifth album. Dulcet, sun-hazed textures score lyrics that conjure pretty pastoral landscapes, contentedness, or both (on “Happy Spirits”). For these rather meandering tunes, Putnam channels a post-K-hole David Berman, singing wobbly ditties stocked with seemingly offhand lines about rabbits and coyotes (“Warm Rising Sun”), or an earthbound Wayne Coyne, singing drowsy ones about, well, pretty much the same thing (“Morning Bird”).

Now Hear This:Radar Bros. – “Warm Rising Sun” DOWNLOAD MP3