IO Perry has a penchant for ending verses on an awkward major seventh or a slightly uncomfortable suspended note. On their own, these details can come off as sloppy mistakes, but repeated over the course of a song (or an entire album), Perry's particular sonic choices add an off-kilter slant to Greybay that makes the L.A.-based Toronto expat's jagged-edge tunes far more engaging. She alternates between the crunchy power chords of post-grunge pop and the fragile melodies of late-90s indie poster girls like Bettie Serveert's Carol van Dijk, murmuring disconnected lyrics that are more floating thoughts than fleshed-out stories. Perry could stand to focus more on her writing, but you can almost overlook the lyrical content due to Tito Larriva's expert mix and production, which forces you to listen closely for the subtle hints of Petra Haden's mandolin plunks and quivering viola.
Perry plays the Art Bar tonight (Thursday, June 8) at 10 pm as part of NXNE.