Indie Chamber Folk Pop (Athens, Ohio)
The Ridges take an almost symphonic approach to Indie Pop — even in the more straight-ahead songs, there are patterns and movements sliding in and out, played on glockenspiel, cello, trumpet, accordion, mandolin or any number of other instruments close at hand. The band’s recent, self-titled five-track “album” — which followed two live EPs — features plenty of lush, orchestral intros, outros and bridges, making it feel fuller than most artists’ 14-song long-players. Don’t let the wide-net instrumentation fool you, though: The Ridges’ folksy, hyper-melodic music is often celebratory, a joyous listen probably indicative of an even better live presentation.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Apples in Stereo and The Arcade Fire combine forces. (Mike Breen, CityBeat)