Like a more muscular Denali, Awake and Alert traffic in female-fronted indie-rock that isn't shy about going straight for the heartstrings. Awake and Alert hail from Mesa, Arizona — a seemingly perfect metaphor for the dusty atmospherics that permeate their songs, courtesy of lead singer Maya Pearl's keyboard parts. The group isn't afraid to rock out, of course: "Pretty Thieves" grooves alongside chiming guitars and "Flawless" snarls with intensity. But it's when the group simmers on "Let Autumn Lift Me" or simply goes acoustic on "Eternal Life" that they truly shine. For some reason, Awake and Alert sound their best when they're neither of those two things.
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