On Worldwild, Pterodactyl basks in watery, mystical sounds that often seem snared from the natural world rather than any sort of humanmade instrument. Haunting gang vocals make the band feel more like a tribe than the trio they are, and the wispy, far off level of their voices gives the sense they're hidden away in some exotic jungle.
"Rising and Shining" is what reveille might sound like if you lived in a paradise. The windy blast of drums and the vibration of guitar riffs provide just enough force to awaken your senses while the shimmering lyrics keep you in a peaceful state. "Share the Shade" combines fast punk rock drums with vocals about waterfalls that slip between Muppet-like harmonies and Deep Forest yodeling. In "Easy Pieces" the sound of underwater echolocation weaves in and out of soft static and chiming bells.
Like fellow Brookly-nites Oneida, whose otherworldly processionals also sound far off, Pterodactyl doesn't rely on catchy pop hooks. That can be refreshing, though the repetitiveness, vocal monotone and lyrical muddiness can just as easily disappear into background noise. Far more interesting will be watching how they make their natural psychedelic sound during a live performance.
Pterodactyl plays the Palace Lounge Wednesday, July 8, at 9 PM, with Purple Heart and Rooster Sauce. $7.