Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A.M. Overcast - 2013 - Pellow

A.M. Overcast is a math rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Pellow is their sixth release. They play a melodic, poppy, progressive brand of math rock. These are pop songs but have a math rock basis so there are lots of twists and turns, nooks and crannies in these songs. The progressive and mathy nature is what keeps me coming back to these songs. They start as simple math rock or pop songs but the guitar riffs and songwriting immediately take off in different directions and there is a little bit of twee in some of the vocals, it's never overwhelming.

 The guitars are universally melodic, verging into twinkling in some places and the dual male female vocals add to the catchy nature of the songs. Amanlanchier stumbles over itself adorably before finding it's almost too catchy groove, Aquacellar is the same, fitting almost twinkly guitar riffs and catchy vocals overtop of a rambunctious song that eventually settles into a melodic groove. If you like short, melodic, catchy math rock songs with a pop bent that insist on taking left turns then is the album for you.