Northern California indie rockers Rogue Wave return with a new label and a stirring new album.
Northern California indie rockers Rogue Wave return with a new label and a stirring new album. There may not be anything on it to equal the majestic pop perfection of their 2004 debut “Out of the Shadow,” but “Asleep” is a satisfying full-length that grows more pleasurable with each listen.
The epic opener “Harmonium” sets the stage for the disc’s guitar-drenched melancholy pop that at times recalls their former labelmates the Shins. Front man Zach Rogue injects each song with a memorable melody, and the group has added new textures to their sound; they’d be wise, though, to not drift, as they do on the album’s closer “Phonytown,” into jamband territory. Frequent Yo La Tengo producer Roger Moutenot helps keep things simple and low-key; it’s ideal listening for a rainy day.