The members of PacificUV might be the kind of guys who innocently invite you on a leisurely Sunday drive and then delight in fishtailing around hairpin turns. The group’s second full-length effort, Longplay 2, does just that with the introduction of steady, determined melodies that careen out of control with crescendoing drums and frenzied guitar.
Songs like the 10-minute “Orson” could be considered overly indulgent, but Mike Erwin’s lilting chord repetition on the keyboard is met with the presence of something unknown and possibly dangerous, as Jesse Robert W. hits the snare with building force and the bass takes on a harrowing urgency. Like picking up a hitchhiker, this track is far from predictable.
Along for the album’s ride is guest vocalist Carolyn Berk of Lovers, whose dreamy promises of “secret notes for you” are backed by a teasing drum beat on the standout song “Tremolo.” Since its 2003 self-titled debut, founding member Clay Jordan re-located PacificUV from Athens, Ga., to Portland, Ore., picking up Erwin, Robert W. and bassist Matt Kline along the way. Longplay 2 forges past the group’s Southern roots toward new territory: an otherworldly sound for the unmapped road trip.
PacificUV plays the Badlander Saturday Oct. 25, at 9 PM with Magpies and Friedrich’s Teeth. $5.