Llama Close To The Silence

What is strange about Llama is that their spirit exists in the era that was the electronically driven '80s, but technically, their instruments are almost rural sounding, as if they are powered by oil and not electricity. There are never any large peaks, as the group would rather serenade in their English '80s-style of songwriting, emerging from below the surface. Occasionally, they rise only to make a point and then recede. The emotions that are expressed in turn are held back but not with force, which would otherwise usually result in communicating angst and pain much too overbearing. Despite the fact that Llama ironically has a progressive feel, their filtering of jazz through a hybrid of Dave Matthews, Widespread Panic and Pearl Jam lends them a haunting aura that is worth investigating. (MCA)