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Minneapolis supergroup LowRay play the sort of sun-kissed fuzzed-out Americana pop that most bands emulating Wilco actually want even if they don’t know it. Columbia came out a few weeks ago, but it is a solid EP worth a listen. Make a random mix of LowRay, the Jayhawks, Ten Ton Bridge, and yes even Wilco, get in your car, and hit the road on a day trip this summer. You will thank me when you return.

Rating: 4 out of 5 whistles

Best Song: “Self-Medicating”

 

Opening with gleaming Tom Petty-like guitars atop a compact and contagious pop-rock melody, "The Friends And The Fakers" reflects retro flavors harking back to The British Invasion, only with contemporary energy and iridescent harmonic colors. Fowlds' nasal tenor exudes delicious drawling tones, as silky vocal harmonies inject the tune with coruscating textures. The lyrics consider the paucity of trust in human interrelations when confronted with pervasive ambition and self-serving deception. "The Friends And The Fakers" glows with tight, intent harmonics, both captivating and alluring, as well as Fowlds' stunningly dense voice. LowRay certainly has it going on.

Although drummer James Irving is originally from England (before coming to the States, he played in the incendiary blues-rock outfit 22-20s), LowRay is a Minnesota band through and through, and they’ve become star attractions in the competitive local scene. Their music has the inventiveness, tunefulness, and incisiveness we’ve come to expect from Twin Cities artists. “Friends And The Fakers”, the first single from the upcoming LowRay full-length, picks up right where Columbia left off. It’s a meditation on trust and authenticity, and it’s also ferociously catchy.