Indie-prog act Aloha has continually kicked out impressive material during its commendable career, some as musically powerful as any of the band’s peers. New record “Home Acres” (Polyvinyl), is the four-piece’s first proper album since 2006’s incredible “Some Echoes.” (With each member home-based in a different part of the country, no wonder it takes so long to produce recordings.) “Home Acres” works in much the same way its predecessors do—strong melodies and intricate instrumentation, matched with leader Tony Cavallario’s indie-dude demeanor and soft-spoken delivery. The new songs are more straightforward than Aloha’s ever been, more pop than what anyone would’ve thought imaginable for a band that has sounded borderline-jazz in the past. Is there something lost? A bit, as you miss the experimental daring that defined those earlier releases. But ultimately “Home Acres” fits in nicely with the rest of the group’s work, a less gloomy stroll through sunnier afternoons. Live, the band still shines, as it’s always had. (Tom Lynch)
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