Williamsburg’s La Strada have clearly set their sights on winning over fans of Beirut. On their self-titled six-song EP, the swaying Eastern Euro folk played on accordions and strings is as cautious as it comes.
The five-piece have technical mastery over their bells, strings and squeezeboxes but fail to bring anything new to the Old World charm already expertly repacked and resold to indie types by Zach Condon.
Flying, which features the lyrics “ah” and “da” atop a meandering, characterless stream of strings, is a template for forgettable folk. However, the final track Starling shows real promise, pulling away from the band’s comfort zone. It’ll be interesting to see if they take more risks on a full-length.
Top track: Starling
La Strada play the Horseshoe Friday and Saturday (December 4 and 5).