MIDWEST BEAT, THE: Incantations: CS

Aug 01, 2019

As the name may suggest, this is some hearty, wholesome rock music for the whole family. I’ve been hearing about this band for years but never bothered to check them out. I guess this is kind of a bad time to finally do that, since it turns out that Incantations is their farewell album after some fourteen years and a ton of releases. But this is nice—a bunch of upbeat, romantic Costello- or Kinks-styled love (or anti-love) songs, along with a few that sound more like ’90s alt-country. My favorite is “North Country Trail,” which sounds like a polished up old Bloodshot Records single. –Indiana Laub (No Coast, nocoastrecordings.bandcamp.com)