Wednesday, December 2, 2009

12/8: Glorytellers at the Beachland

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Geoff Farina is an indie-rock vet, having helmed jazzy, oblique post-rock trio Karate and intermittent lo-fi folk-pop duo the Secret Stars since the early ’90s. He’s also juggled a solo career, which launched around the time Secret Stars wound down. While his current band Glorytellers combines elements from all his prior endeavors, Farina has taken a startling leap forward lyrically, a fact all the more apparent against the band’s light, lilting guitar backdrops. The airy finger-picked sound of his flamenco guitar and its warm, melodic undertones suggest ’70s soft rock, which is a fine disguise for Farina’s heady lyrical musings. The shuffling, understated percussion and shimmering cymbal rides are almost jazzy, particularly on last year’s self-titled debut, whose pace lingers like smoke beneath a cabaret-stage spotlight. The tempos pick up on this year’s Atone, which leans closer to folk-blues for an even finer effect. Everything comes together on the wonderful “Softly as She Sings,” whose talk of dulcimer and chimes is grounded by the primal accompanying howl of harmonica. Rhyme, metaphor and juxtaposition intertwine to fashion bracing sketches ranging from roadside shrines and goth-chick odes (“all pale, tattoos and persistence”) to “The Coldest War” of flailing relationships. Curtis Harvey and Lighthouse & the Whaler open at 9 p.m. at the Beachland Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., 216.383.1124). Tickets: $7. — Chris Parker

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