Saddle Creek band Now It’s Overhead dives further into the realms of electronics and Radiohead-inspired melody with the upcoming “Dark Light Daybreak”—opener “Let the Sirens Rest,” while solid, comes off as a less interesting “Airbag,” the epic introduction to “OK Computer.” Either way, the album as a whole is an interesting improvement on the previous “Wait in a Line,” though that record’s “Turn & Go” still remains the band’s best song, pretty and quiet, cathartic and drifting. Here, leader Andy LeMaster experiments with his voice, sometimes punchy (like on “Walls”) and sometimes flowing (like on “Night Vision”), but always piercing and necessary—he never forces his sharp voice into somewhere it shouldn’t be. The music’s nearly over-layered, but in the end you appreciate the effort and LeMaster and crew’s gift for assembling a likeable, sprawling atmosphere, where no song sounds like another. (Tom Lynch)
July 21 at Subterranean.