Editors’ Notes Descended Like Vultures is a low-key, indie-pop gem packed with plenty of hooks, sweet melodies, and a judicious use of spacey effects and reverberated vocals. Rogue Wave’s memorable debut, 2004’s Out of the Shadow, was basically a Zach Rogue solo project; this time he adds a three-piece backing band to achieve a fuller sound. And fuller it is, especially on the noisy “10:1” and the densely packed “You” and “Love’s Lost Guarantee.” But the band contributes more than volume. The up-tempo songs are warm and dynamic, featuring layered guitars, subtle strings, strong harmonies, and synthesizers that rise like steam from the studio murk and then dissolve away. Rogue possesses a high, lingering voice that lives somewhere between drowsy and detached, making certain lines hard to pick out. But if some lyrics are difficult to discern, the mood is not — think temporary rainy reclusion as opposed to permanent angst, a tone he nails perfectly on “Temporary” and “California,” two gorgeous acoustic ballads. Here’s hoping that Rogue keeps this band around next time he ventures into the studio. 

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Bird On a Wire
1
3:40
 
Publish My Love
2
3:43
 
Salesman At the Day of the Parade
3
2:36
 
Catform
4
3:12
 
Love's Lost Guarantee
5
4:44
 
10:1
6
3:20
 
California
7
4:06
 
Are You On My Side
8
4:19
 
Medicine Ball
9
1:54
 
You
10
5:46
 
Temporary
11
2:45
 
Manna (Demo)
12
2:54
 
You Read My Mind (Demo)
13
3:05
 

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