The Airfields play Saturday (February 2) at Sneaky Dee’s. Rating: NNNN
The local quintet’s occasionally blissful wall-of-noise approach isn’t just a nod to the halcyon days of 90s shoegaze. Instead, they lead us back to the hazy oblivion of midsummer with bittersweet arrangements that incorporate retro organ tones and reverb-heavy, early-morning vocals that have as much in common with psyched-out folk rock as they do with dream pop. Pair that with a gorgeous cohesiveness that runs like a vaguely defined narrative throughout and the result is a deeply reflective work that gently coos.