Kepler have taken Neil Young's Helpless as their blueprint, but must have figured it was way too fast and duly slowed it down to come up with their latest. Attic Salt doesn't plod along endlessly, but floats along nicely, carving out images of lazy Sundays spent in the great wide-open spaces of the country we call home. Lap steel and Wurlitzer flourishes are the brush strokes that accentuate the details, and they do a great job of making lead singer Samir Khan's pedestrian first-person narratives seem important. The lyrics are a non-issue anyway, firstly because they're largely unintelligible, and secondly because Kepler are more into in creating interesting soundscapes, which they do here throughout. Think Godspeed You Black Emperor! meets Sparklehorse and you get the pretty picture.
Kepler launch Attic Salt at the Boat Saturday (July 23).