The first thought that comes to mind when I listen to Evangelicals is that they've probably listened to a few too many My Morning Jacket records. They have the same reverb heavy, falsetto-ish vocals, with a distant, hollowed-out sound beneath their "shimmering" pop. The record is as much a collection of soundscapes as songs, because they generally stay away from much groove or consistent melody. It just kind of meanders with a wall of keyboards, guitar noodlings and samples floating in and out of the mix.
I dig the song "Skeleton Man" enough, but I could never muddle through the entire record in one sitting without getting a little buzzed on anxiety. For some reason this kind of ethereal pop makes me nervous. It may be just a little too whimsical for my taste, with too many sound effects and spoken words vying for my attention. Frankly, it makes me want to break something, and not in that warm, cathartic kind of way.
I'm always curious to know how bands like this pull off their stuff live. I know MMJ is a lot more "rock" live, and that may be the case for Evangelicals as well. At least I hope so.
Evangelicals plays the Palace Saturday, Nov. 7, at 9 PM with Holiday Shores and The Racquet. $5.