Photo By: Courtney Halverson

Video Premiere: Line & Circle, “Mesolithic”

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 02.10.15 in News

All of the things that make California’s Line & Circle so marvelous are in full display in “Mesolithic”: the tense spiral of guitars, Brian J. Cohen’s slowly-weaving, conversational vocals and the kind of radiant, transcendent chorus that opens up like the late-afternoon sky. There are obvious nods to ’80s jangle-pop throughout — 30 years ago, this might have come out on I.R.S. — but there’s a careful, sculpted beauty to Line & Circle’s songs that gives them a character all their own. Paired with what look like a string of clips from educational films in the video only accentuates the song’s beauty, glory and rapture peeking out from underneath the every day. The group is wrapping up their debut LP with with Brian McTear (The War On Drugs), Jonathan Low (The National) and Lewis Pesacov (Best Coast’s Crazy For You) in Philadelphia, and will play the Echo on February 15.