Marah, Can’t Take It With You

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Philly favorite sons Marah have gone from saucer-eyed passengers on the Thunder Road to sunglass-and-lipstick glam-poppers in the space of eight years. What has remained consistent is their flair for melody; no matter the set dressing, brothers David and Serge Bielanko craft songs flush with singability. Their latest EP, Can't Take it With You, edges back to their early, rootsy sound. David's voice is cracked and parched, sounding weak and weathered and lived-in. It suits these spare songs perfectly, creaking like old wood over slow acoustic strumming and twinkling piano. "Angels on a Passing Train" is the perfect late-night driving song, lit up only by a wobbly guitar line and David's steady warble — swift, mysterious, majestic.