Night Moves took the reverse Radiohead route in getting its full-length debut, Colored Emotions, a proper release. The Minneapolis trio — singer/guitarist John Pelant, bassist Micky Alfano and multi-instrumentalist Mark Ritsema — streamed its self-produced album for free on Bandcamp, eventually drawing notice from the peeps at Domino Records, who released a “refurbished” version of the album last fall.
It’s easy to see why the esteemed London-based label was interested — Colored Emotions is a reverb-flavored gem, 10 immersive tunes that move from the countrified twang of “Headlights” to the ’70s AM-radio Pop bliss of the album’s title track with impressive ease.
Echoes of early My Morning Jacket and any number of recent Folk-inflected Psych Pop purveyors immediately come to mind when exposed to the album’s languid vibe, but it’s Pelant’s affecting falsetto that allows Night Moves to transcend its obvious influences.
The presence of Thom Monahan, a veteran producer who has worked with the likes of the Pernice Brothers and Devendra Banhart, made the band’s transition to Domino an easy one.
Night Moves perform 10 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at MOTR Pub (1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine). Check out performance times and get venue details here.