When: Thu., Jan. 14, 8:30 p.m. 2016
With their recent eponymous debut as Homme, the duo of Macie Stewart (also of Marrow) and Sima Cunningham reeled me in with whimsical but locked-in vocal harmonies that float, shimmy, and slalom through an impressive variety of settings. For example, on “Woman” the vocals are delivered with early-jazz insouciance over hypnotic guitar arpeggios, but after a minute the guitars rev up to garage-rock volume and begin riffing over machine-gun beats. Eventually the track returns to its initial pace, but the new intensity indicates that it’s only a matter of time before the pair serve up sustained fury—and they don’t disappoint when they do. At the heart of Homme’s substantial appeal is the fluid, effortless interplay between the singers, who also play every instrument on the record—piano and drums work alongside the hyper-rhythmic guitars that ground their live performances. It certainly helps, though, that Stewart and Cunningham have crafted winding, hook-laden melodies that make unexpected turns and end up in surprising places.