ADAM & THE AMETHYSTS play the Piston Wednesday (October 5). See listing. Rating: NNN
We should probably stop calling Montreal's Adam & the Amethysts an indie folk band, given that buzzing fuzz guitar leads are much more prominent than acoustic guitar strumming. Not to say this is a hard rock record: these are electric guitars played in the service of low-key, understated sunny pop songs, and not fiery amped-up freak-outs. Picture the Beach Boys and the Beatles with a healthy dollop of Galaxie 500's post-Velvet Underground college rock.
Band leader Adam Waito has a knack for writing delicate little tunes that feel like hymns, but without the heavy spiritualty. Sometimes the songs seem a little bit too light and whimsical, but the deceptively intimate production style disguises some rich sonic layers that are easy to get lost in. Waito should try not to rhyme all the time, which occasionally leads to some clunky lyrics, but overall there's a lot to love here.
Top track: Prophecy