LALALANGUE: Ululations: CD

Lalalangue is somehow both relaxing and urgent, a jazzy and playful debut from a band that’s attempting to remake what a Rust Belt band should sound like. In their hands and throats, Buffalo, N.Y. becomes about experimentation, lamentation, and collaboration. It’s not flashy and it’s not edgy, but guitarist Adam Drury is so careful that he builds an ambient background that you melt into so much you almost forget you’re there. Greenlee Brown’s voice is reminiscent of the darkness of Julie Christmas with the comfort of Jolie Holland. With the addition of keys and saxophone throughout, this kind of configuration could go so wrong. But Lalalangue shows what happens when you do things for a reason, when you’re beholden not to the structure but to the practice. –Theresa W. (Self-released)