Postdata is the project of Michael and Paul Murphy, the latter the frontman for Juno-winning indie rockers Wintersleep. Their sparse, acoustic-guitar-driven debut is a quiet self-made recording that finds them in dreamlike contemplation. Paul’s lyrics are the focus here, and he proves himself an artful poet in addition to a top-notch emotive singer with a raspy, melancholic voice.
There’s little variation in instrumentation or tempo, and the subdued production sometimes lacks distinction, but the words and world-weary melodies keep these nine tunes from blurring together. Tracers nicely picks up the tempo and dynamics, Paranoid Clusters employs moving, ghostly backup vocals, and The Coroner is simply beautiful.
The brothers get additional props for making this as a gift to their mom.
Top track: The Coroner
Postdata play the Music Gallery March 12, and as part of CMW at the Rivoli March 13.