Saturday, April 2, 2011

Band You Should Check Out: Oberhofer

Oberhofer’s songs are pattern-happy, and its two guitarists fan out: strumming high and low in syncopation, picking staggered single notes for Minimalistic interweave, switching between 4/4 and waltz, unveiling the clockwork within their songs while the music hurtles along anyway. Brad Oberhofer, transplanted from Tacoma, Wash., to Brooklyn, sings about longings and breakups with self-aware amusement, sometimes yelping toward falsetto, but there’s no second-guessing or self-consciousness about the band’s passion for pop-song structure, both concise and expanded. -Jon Pareles

Oberhofer - Away FRM U