Jeremy Jay and Film School

Wednesday, July 23, at the Beachland Tavern

Jeremy Jay and Film School

Jeremy Jay has been called the American Jens Lekman. And like the Swedish indie-rocker, Jay makes gorgeous dream pop. His new CD, A Place Where We Could Go, is so sparse, it could have been recorded in a cave. But Jay uncovers hidden patches of beauty in the untamed forest of mass-produced music. It's made all the more timeless by a style that owes as much to the 1950s as it does the far-off future. Jay pens songs about dreamy fantasies and fairy-tale romances — which is fitting, since Place is sorta the CD equivalent of the storybook classic The Secret Garden. You'd expect Jay to be drained by all the sappiness, but he's a wild man onstage, hopping around and winning over audiences with boyish charm. The California dreamer is on tour with Film School, which plays a darker shade of pop on its latest album, Hideout. Where Jay keeps things wistful and gentle, the San Francisco quintet dips into heady psychedelia and blurred distortion. — Danielle Sills

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