Larches – ‘Attack of the Telephones’


Seattle-based quartet Larches show a stirring alt-rock sound across their new album Attack of the Telephones. A myriad of nostalgic rock inspiration — from ’90s nostalgia like The Pixies to the psych-friendly indie of the Elephant 6 collective — is worn proudly throughout the release, which was written, produced, and mixed by band member Jacob Cona.

“Vessels” is a stellar opener, showcasing the act’s knack for evolving structural charm. Lush acoustics and a spacey, textured backing intrigues from the get-go, rising with sweltering intensity to blasts of guitar distortion. The interchanging between contemplative scene-setting and anthemic rock-guitar outbursts make for a climactically gripping flow. Another success, “Birthday” traverses with similarly compelling momentum, offering a more lushly melodic appeal in its fusing of jangly guitar swirls, mellow vocals, and understated keys; the track is a standout success, and an easy addition to our Emerging Indie Rock playlist.

The rest of the album retains the inviting, melodic qualities — from the intimate Elliott Smith-esque “Best of Everything” to the peppy brass-laden rock within “Island.” Attack of the Telephones is a surefire success from Larches.

“Birthday” and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2023’ Spotify playlist.

The track is also featured in the genre-based, best-of Spotify compilation Emerging Indie Rock.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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