Label: MapleMusic Recordings / Fontana North
Tamer Animals needs an epic movie to coincide with its ambitiousness. This Oklahoma quintet quietly released their debut in 2009, but this may just be their breakout, instrumentally robust but eerily subtle. Ghostly harmonies and symphonic strings touch on sounds from Grizzly Bear's psych pop to mid-period Beatles to dusty Americana to expansive film scores. And though the lyrics are the band's weak point ("It feels like forever/When your mind turns to fiction," huh?), lead vocalist Jesse Tabish adds a mystical touch, singing it all like the weight of the world hangs from his tongue.