Another impressive Brooklyn band, Oakley Hall, masters the fusion between alt-country and fuzzy indie rock, giving enough space to the songs for development, yet never overcrowding them with unneeded noise. “I’ll Follow You” is the band’s fourth record, but the first for Merge Records, and opener “Marine Life” shows what you’re in store for: a clean-cut, patient song with minimal drumming, cool electric guitar and peaking vocals. A bit later, “Rue the Blues” moves to the countrified twang, and “Angela” slows the show with its soft balladry. (The banjo and violin parts help the cause, as well.) The best, perhaps, is the album’s title track, a slow-burner with a nice, reverbed guitar lead, a harmonized chorus and perfect lap steel. It’s exactly the kind of song this band should write. (Tom Lynch)
Oakley Hall plays October 2 at Schubas, 3159 North Southport, (773)525-2508, at 9pm. $10-$12.