Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Linfinity blooms on "Martian's Bloom"
3.5 / 5
Dylan von Wagner's vocals haunt like Duncan's ghost on the sophomore release by New York quintet Linfinity. Spinning up this mixture of somber rock via David Byrne, we're reminded of the strong vocal presence of the National's and Shearwater's lead vocalists. There is no denying that it's Wagner's voice, take it or leave it, that supports Linfinity's efforts, but credit should be given to such tracks as "Choo Choo Train to Venice," which rocks like an iconoclastic surf-influenced punk, and "MSG," which feels inspired by the Talking Heads. While, lyrically, "Martian's Bloom" doesn't grip as tightly as we'd like it to, these tracks are sonically solid, and likely to please any fans of the aforementioned artists. What impresses especially about Linfinity is their attention to song structure (see "Morning Heights"), and their diversity of sound and mood; while that's no guarantee of a successful music career, we're definitely going to keep our ear out for the next release. Recommended.
Listen to "MSG": www.myspace.com/453173424
Or listen to Linfinity live in Providence, 11/28: www.venuevents.net/venue/CLUBHELL