Raven Mahon's unique style of guitar playing adds huge interest to Grass Widow's third album. Her chords have a punky straightforwardness (as does Lillian Maring's drumming and Hannah Lew's bass playing), but her busy, proggy lead lines often move in surprising atonal directions.
This helps offset the sweetness of the vocals. All three members of the San Francisco DIY-embracing indie pop band sing, often in dreamy doubled layers, counterpoint and harmony. Their high and pretty voices tie the songs together in a way their previous releases lack, though they would do well to let up on the layered effect from time to time.
The songs jangle and push forward with enthusiasm. Halfway through comes A Light In The Static, a from-out-of-nowhere classical guitar instrumental, and the end brings a hesitant piano ditty, Response To Photographs. Both songs hint at where the ever-evolving musicians might go next.
Top track: Spock On Muni