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Artist: Wild Light Track: "Surf Generation" Album: Adult Nights Listen

There's not much to say about this record, except that it's absolutely fantastic -- a solid dose of winning rock music that trades melodrama for heart, frills for substance. So many influences come together here -- The Ventures, Arcade Fire, Low, Counting Crows, Pixies and others -- that it took me four times through, during a marathon fly-tying/cooking session last night, to pick them out. Their sound may come from many, but it belongs to them.

The band won't release its latest record until March 3, but they're coming to The Basement with Tapes 'N Tapes on Feb 21.