Apparently blissfully unaware of the past two decades of pop culture, In the Valley Below drape classic Fleetwood Mac coed call-and-response, squelchy Alan Wilder–era Depeche Mode synths and heyday Phil Collins melodicism in a shroud of bluesy, woozy, out-in-the-woods mystery. Visually, they’ve cultivated a cult-ish, folk-country aura: Angela Gail with broad-brimmed hats and floor-sweeping dresses, Jeffrey Jacob with button-down shirts and perma-suspenders. It’s a look that enhances the mesmerizing “Hymnal” and strummy single “Peaches” (from debut album The Belt) yet feels disconcertingly incongruous with the Alt 98.7–ready “Neverminders” and the Tegan and Sara–like “Last Soul.” Ironically, for all of their aesthetic affectation, this are-they-or-aren’t-they Echo Park couple connects most effectively when seemingly singing not for us but solely for one another, as on the ominously gorgeous “Palm Tree Fire.”
Wed., Dec. 3, 8 p.m., 2014
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