Like an artist dipping his brush into various colors and making delicate strokes with each, Hopwell leader and Mercury Rev alum Jason Russo is somehow able to draw from space rock, art rock, psychedelia, heavy rock, etc. without sounding quite like any of those things. At times, Russo weds melody with heaviness so seamlessly that one wonders why anyone ever bothered to make emo when they could have done something like this instead. Even if someone had, however, Russos work would stand out. Like so many before him (and so many of his contemporaries today), Russo attempts to synthesize existing forms, but his subtle touch and distinct approach qualifies him as a true visionary. Hopewell albums are filled with nuance, and as such they reveal their treasures over time even as the reference points may be somewhat apparent right off the bat. Majestic harmonies, finely crafted production, and songs that swerve gracefully from style to style are just a few of the methods this band uses to guarantee satisfaction and freshness over repeated listens. With Voyager One, Drug Purse, This Blinding Light.
Fri., June 5, 9 p.m., 2009