When By Divine Right rocker-turned-Holy Fuck whiz kid Brian Borcherdt dropped his original Remains disc a while back as an elegy for a lost friend, it seemed like a serendipitous sonic catharsis caused by coming to terms with overwhelming grief. On Vol. 2, Borcherdt is still infusing his songs with striking emotion without lapsing into whiny emo ridiculousness, but this time, you don't feel weird about invading someone's privacy. The funk of Holy Fuck seeps in a tiny bit, with booty-rattling low-end bass lines that anchor many tracks. Borcherdt moves from post-grunge rockers that sound a bit like stoned Primal Scream covering Radiohead's Bends and introspective bleeding-heart wailers reminiscent of Hayden's Everything I Long For (without the anguished groans) to fragile lullabies that sound unlike anything else. Heady and heartfelt.
Brian Borcherdt's gang launches a video at the Rivoli Saturday (August 27).