Sumptuous folk harmonies and plucked strings dominate the Monday Mornings' recent debut release, Swallow Down The Days, a melancholy record that could only have been created by people who live under a blanket of clouds most of the time. Even though Seattle doesn't exactly want for these sorts of bands, it's a sound we can't get enough of (Fleet Foxes, hello?!), and there's something quite compelling about Michael Mearns' vocals, which resemble the Weakerthans' John Samson. Plus, while the music's roots stretch into folk, pop, and country territory, the band doesn't hunker down for too long in any one of those adjoining styles.
Mon., Aug. 11, 9 p.m., 2008