When Those Darlins started out in Nashville in 2006, they had a more rootsy, alt-country style, but since then they've toughened up their sound considerably. New songs such as “In the Wilderness” are pumped up with an ominously foreboding, harder-rocking attack, as lead singer Jessi Zazu chants her feral, back-to-nature declarations. “Used to be an optimist/It got too dangerous,” she declares elsewhere on Those Darlins' new album, Blur the Line, while fuzzy guitars streak overhead like angry jets. Traces remain of the group's earlier countrified approach on such rustic ballads as “Oh God,” where Zazu belies the grim, prosaic details of life on the road (“every ashtray of a night”) with her adorably charming vocals. She slows it down again on the folksy title track, blurring the lines further between loneliness and redemption.
Sat., Aug. 9, 8:30 p.m., 2014
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