C'mon, admit it. You know you've been wondering what it would sound like if 1980s Peter Gabriel got together with modern-day Bon Iver.
No? Well, it might sound a lot like AirLands. And it sounds quite good.
The five-piece band from Brooklyn, New York, self released its self-titled debut last month. Kevin Calaba fronts the band, which includes his wife, Marlena, who brings moody keyboards to the mix.
Those who dig deep into indie rock might know Calaba. He was the lead singer of the underrated Stars of Track and Field, which disbanded in 2011.
AirLand's sound is similar, but with more air and the stair-step singalong backing vocals that are reminiscent of Bon Iver. This record sounds fantastic on your headphones, too. But there's also some solid songwriting to go with the ethereal flavor.
The debut is strong whether it's uptempo ("London," "Black Swan") or laid back ("Blood Is Sunshine," "Ironwood Tree"). The only drawback is that there isn't enough variety to avoid some of the songs sounding a bit too similar.
But if you're a fan of airy, relaxed synth rock with a dash of guitars, AirLands is a band to give a listen.By JEFF ROGERS email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5591 @EditorJeffSir