No matter how great your band, even if you're headed for Pavement-like status amongst indie rock fans the world over, if you virtually drop off the planet for seven years you've got some serious catching up to do. Enter one of Belgium's best contributions to post-punk alt-rock, who, after letting the dust settle on their instruments, have taken on a whole slew of styles on Pocket Revolution, an album that moves easily from Air-like cinematic beauty to the heavier orchestral psych-rock of Spiritualized. Singer Tom Barman has a velvety, intense voice that adds to the brooding tension, while the guitars offer layers of spacey noise and sedated grooves. Despite their extended hiatus, it sounds like Barman and crew haven't lost any of what made them a genuinely likeable band to begin with.
DEUS play Lee's Palace Sunday (March 26).