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Getting inside Future Carnivores' world

Posted by Scott McLennan  June 4, 2013 12:48 PM

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"Come Inside," the second album from Future Carnivores, is full of deception. Those breezy, easy melodies make the music at first feel gauzy and light. But the songs ultimately throb with dark undertones. "The Drugs She Fed You Last Night," for instance, blurs the normal and the debauched. Likewise, the title track is at once inviting and then bitten by angst.

The idea of things not being what they at first seem takes root in the very sound of the music. Clever arrangements layer on the work of two percussionists, busy bass lines, atmospheric keys, and textured guitar parts without making any of the songs feel cluttered.

Singers Bo Barringer and Noell Dorsey intertwine their elongated phrasings into a stylistic thread that runs through the album. Around them, the music moves and shifts like a movie camera swinging from one abstract scene to the next. Sometimes the focus is tight, as in "Grey House," where small details reflect larger problems. Other songs take a wide-angle approach, such as "Twice," which rushes headlong through a mistake-riddled romance.

The album bridges the icy detachment of electronic music with the lushness of chamber pop without lingering in either camp. Instead, the band builds a nice little world of its own design.

Future Carnivores celebrate the release of "Come Inside" with a show Thursday, June 6, at TT the Bear's, 10 Brookline St., Cambridge. Soft Pyramids, Velah, and Milling Gowns are also playing, with the show starting at 8 p.m.


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Scott McLennan is a Boston Globe music correspondent and previously wrote a music and entertainment column for the Worcester Telegram & Gazette for 15 years. After seeing the band Boston in the Boston Garden as a teenager he never looked back and eventually figured out how to be a professional fan. Scott is very good at writing in the dark. This blog is an ongoing discussion about music happening in and around Boston. Scott will be leading the trek across genres looking for new releases and hot shows as well as just checking in with the people who make Boston such a great place to listen. More »
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