Spiller – “Midwest”


Eugene, Oregon-based quartet Spiller produce a vibrant, brisk sound that blends elements of indie-rock, math-rock, and jazz. Some bands who assemble such a mixture can fall victim to over-involved prog-rock, where musicianship reigns over melody and hooks. Not so with Spiller; they have a firm grasp on songwriting, as well as producing a sound that embraces a studied, eclectic approach with impressive playing. The track shifts seamlessly from more barren moments, like the initial guitar/vocal minimalism, into an explosion of rhythm and soaring vocals, like the pull at the one-minute mark. “Your face still haunts this old home,” the vocals sing during the bridge, leading into a dexterous guitar line that’s not too far removed from The Wrens’ playbook. This is an original, highly imaginative group that shows all of these favorable aspects throughout new track “Midwest”.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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