Singer Unhistories

Singer Unhistories
Chicago proves to be Singer’s kind of town, as the Windy City quartet’s Unhistories drips with their home’s musical history, even as they strive to compose wholly unique songs. Featuring Robert A.A. Lowe, Todd Rittman and Adam and Ben Vida, Singer makes the utmost of their guitars, bass and drums configuration, playing loose arrangements, as each member adds vocal harmonies for a dizzying classic rock effect. "Slow Ghosts” has an inherent distance to it, with instruments fluttering in and out of comprehension, but the vocals are steady and tangible enough. "Divining” is similarly insular but its core sound is a drum, pounding like a heart, before a chorus of Zeppelin-esque acoustic guitar swoops in unexpectedly. It’s a difficult sound to grasp but then "Please, Tell the Justices We’re Fine” goes from hippy-dippy singing under something very Tortoise, circa TNT, to a flat-out Slint progression. The journey is completely rewarding, perhaps more so than that of "Oh Dusty” and "Party Lessons,” which sound like a loose-limbed Alice in Chains jamming with Battles and June of 44. Unhistories is genuinely interesting, even as it blurs the line between credible post-rock and rejected Tenacious D album premise. (Drag City)