Lost in the Trees, Poor Moon | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Lost in the Trees, Poor Moon Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., April 3, 8 p.m. 2012

Seattle's Poor Moon has existed in various forms (and in fits and starts) over the past four years, but because the band is a Fleet Foxes side project, it only just released its debut EP, Illusion (Sub Pop). Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott shape the same sort of gorgeous, dusky vocal harmonies here as they do behind Robin Pecknold, but that's hardly something to complain about—more troublesome is the fact that Wargo's lead singing isn't nearly as defined or gripping. The production doesn't help either: the album sounds like it was recorded underwater, and the drums might as well have been made of cardboard. If you can get past that murkiness, though, these five songs' sun-bleached mix of folk-rock and pop is truly lovely, and the hazy vocal melodies come into sharp relief when the harmonizing kicks in. The first two songs sound positively hirsute—you can almost hear the beards—but later in the EP Poor Moon toss in a flavor that reminds me a lot of the Shins, and it feels like a clean shave. Illusion is a modest record, but its charms have a way of growing on you. —Peter Margasak See also Wednesday. Lost in the Trees headlines. $14.

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