Cathartic choruses and strong melodies dominate Rainer Maria’s “Catastrophe Keeps Us Together,” as the band continues to venture further and further away from its ultra-cerebral emo roots and towards a more straightforward indie-pop approach. It’s not any less intelligent, just more accessible and less musically constricting. The title track, which also serves as the album’s opener, sets the hopeful, optimistic tone as singer Caithlin De Marrais croons “Catastrophe keeps us together/We’re the architects of the world,” and then later, “I’ve got a plan/I’m gonna find you at the end of the world.” It’s a rebirth for the band—which was mighty in its own right with previous records “Better Version of Me” and “Look Now Look Again”—it seems older, wiser, more sure of itself. Even the ballad-like “Burn,” which is most like an “old” Rainer Maria song, stays with you a while. The surreal cover of Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine” is a nice touch, too. (Tom Lynch)
August 18 at Metro.