Calla, Scavengers

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews


Transplanted Texans document their move to New York in music.

Calla were, for a brief moment, the best band in all of New York (or my favorite, at least). They are three transplanted Texans whose music encapsulates their move to Brooklyn — it's a curious combination of arid guitars (think Morricone's Western work) and industrial found sounds, like clattering subways and the low whistles of metal against metal. The band's self-titled debut was a perfect blend of electronic and rock musics, and Scavengers leans a bit more toward the latter, albeit in a brooding, disconsolate manner. "Fear of Fireflies" is the poppiest track, singer/looker Aurelio Valle sighing beautifully, and "Tijerina" is the album's most sprawling, confidently building and ebbing to denouement. "Love of Ivah," though, should be your first stop. Creepy-crawly and constructed around a sad little six-string loop, "Ivah" finales with Valle's haunting chant of "oh my my" and his hollow-body guitar ringing strong and full. Radiohead fans would love this.