When: Mon., March 31, 8 p.m. 2014
After Pattern Is Movement released 2008’s All Together, some critics called the Philadelphia indie-pop duo “lumberjack rock,” apparently because drummer Chris Ward and singer-keyboardist Andrew Thiboldeaux favored Paul Bunyan-esque flannel and facial hair and looked hefty enough to actually chop wood full-time. But their minimalist, arty music has always been gentler and more graceful than “lumberjack” implies—their buoyant, whimsical tunes float like kites on the breeze. On the long-in-coming follow-up to All Together, the brand-new Pattern Is Movement (Hometapes), the band have beefed up their sound with more strings and horns, taking cues from contemporary soul and R&B; over the past few years, Pattern Is Movement have taken to covering D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” at shows, at least once backed by the Roots. (They recently released a 12-inch single with “Untitled” on the B side.) Thiboldeaux’s tender, gossamer vocals add candlelit-bedroom sensuality, and his mesmerizing singing on “River” helps make it gorgeously serene—whenever I listen to it, I feel like I’m resting on a raft that’s gliding with the current. —Leor Galil Yellow Ostrich headlines.
Price: $14, $12 in advance