JUNeTILE All Things (Un)clear (independent) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Local indie popsters Junetile have a gift for epic atmospherics, and their newest disc is no exception. Rolling waves of lush piano evoke shimmering blue skies, delicate filaments of glockenspiel-like chimes conjure up icy winter dreamscapes, melancholic cello lines entwine you in a claustrophobic seaweed embrace. Into this heady mix, vocalists Jonathan Relph and Sam Simmons breathe washed-out vocals that float by like balloons some kid has released into the sky. It's all quite beautiful and quietly affecting, although the band would benefit from a bit more melodic variety, and the fragile tunes occasionally collapse under the weight of so many sweeping layers. Still, it makes an excellent soundtrack for cocooning.
Junetile float into Clinton's Friday (April 11) and also play an Easter Monday (April 21) gig at C'est What.