Point Juncture WA Heart To Elk

Point Juncture WA Heart To Elk
Hailing from Portland, OR, Point Juncture WA deal in adventuresome pop compositions with evident influences from jazz, classical and the avant-garde. The strong rhythmic focus surrounded by delicately unfolding atmospheric instrumentation seems to have roots in the Tortoise school of arranging. Each track is distinctly driven by a traditional pop structure and lyrical melody that shifts impetus song by song, a style akin to the work of His Name Is Alive. Straight-ahead noise rockers like "Biathalon" are less effective than when PJWA take a more relaxed approach, allowing for slow burning build-ups or more spacious syncopated tangents. "Kings II" is a lovely little Latin folk-inspired piece with tasteful trumpet, acoustic guitar and percussion that provides one of the album's best backdrops for the velvety vocals of Amanda Spring. Heart To Elk is a very solid collection of songs that provides a sort of well-versed reinterpretation of the history of art rock of the past two decades amalgamated into a collectively forged contemporary sound. (Mt. Fuji)