ILAD Here//There

ILAD Here//There
Right from the stirring, shifting groove of "TV Sutra" there's vibrancy to ILAD's eclectic new record, which touches upon different aspects of rock'n'roll with assured, adventurous hands. The Richmond, VA quartet have been experimenting with their sound since first forming in 2004, messing with folk, groove, jazz, and other styles to arrive at this remarkable pastiche, which shines through on the psych-tinged Here//There. Voices are often distorted and hidden within the musical mix, as with the alluring "Magazine," where words are simply another texture in a tune that recalls Isotope 217. Then there's the clear-as-a-bell lyricism of "Mexico," a Wilco-like folk song whose lazy chord structure eventually morphs into a Bitches Brew-style jam, with shimmering keyboards and breezy ease. Fans of Tortoise or the Sea and Cake will dig the propulsive clip of "Lou Dobbs" but there's something for everyone on ILAD's captivating Here//There. (Syjip)