Viva Voce, ‘Rose City’ (Barsuk)
Viva Voce make dreamy music, but it’d be a shame to doze through a second of it. Those ghostly “ooohs” on “Die a Little”? Sing along blithely. That shuffling, woozy rhythm at the start of “Devotion”? It’ll lend your drive home some pleasing drama. The fifth album from this Portland, Oregon quartet (recently expanded from a married duo) is swathed in misty silver-and-blue atmospherics, but it’s the songwriting, hooks, and escalating thrum of a capable rock band that pull listeners from each twinkling vista to the next.