VALINA: A Tempo! A Tempo!: CD

Apr 27, 2009

Mathrock trio from Vienna here. They sort of remind me of June ‘44 with instrumentation that can be complicated and serene at the same time. The vocalist sings in a slight sea shanty style, with an upbeat tone and the rhythm and pacing of his delivery. “Dogged” is a standout track. A nice instrumental, this is a little dark and introspective with a saxophone periodically appearing to guide things along. They tend to lose steam on songs like “Per Sonare,” “Phantom of My Longest Day,” and on until they hit “Delivery Man (Duane! Duane!),” which is atmospheric and cold, while being a well-crafted pop song.

 –M.Avrg (Joyful Noise)

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