12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Moon Taxi's second studio album makes it clear that the Nashville quintet is comfortable growing beyond the jam-band tag it earned in its early days. This collection is diverse yet cohesive; it sees the band's jammy roots reaching out to indie folk and pop territory in unique and invigorating ways. Rippling banjos, funky keyboards, a Vocoder cameo, crowd chants (from a street demonstration), and reverbed, billowing choruses are a few of the flourishes here. Trevor Terndrup's soulful, sun-warmed vocals are more enticing than ever. There's pure gold in the funk guitar riffs and double-tracked leads on "Whiskey Sunsets," the clattering Vampire Weekend–esque polyrhythms on "Square Circles" (throwing down even more flavor with rap/reggae artist Matisyahu on board), and the bright, prog-tinged psych-rock on "Pennies." "Mercury" and "Radio" are hands-in-the-air tunes that should boom from radios and music festivals everywhere.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Moon Taxi's second studio album makes it clear that the Nashville quintet is comfortable growing beyond the jam-band tag it earned in its early days. This collection is diverse yet cohesive; it sees the band's jammy roots reaching out to indie folk and pop territory in unique and invigorating ways. Rippling banjos, funky keyboards, a Vocoder cameo, crowd chants (from a street demonstration), and reverbed, billowing choruses are a few of the flourishes here. Trevor Terndrup's soulful, sun-warmed vocals are more enticing than ever. There's pure gold in the funk guitar riffs and double-tracked leads on "Whiskey Sunsets," the clattering Vampire Weekend–esque polyrhythms on "Square Circles" (throwing down even more flavor with rap/reggae artist Matisyahu on board), and the bright, prog-tinged psych-rock on "Pennies." "Mercury" and "Radio" are hands-in-the-air tunes that should boom from radios and music festivals everywhere.

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