Lots of musicians describe their sound as “cinematic” — particularly L.A. musicians, I imagine — but it’s an apt enough description for Milo Greene’s music, so long as you’re not expecting something akin to the epic soundscapes of Mogwai or Sigur Ros.
Greene’s melancholic folk-pop could certainly end up in a movie; it’s primed to soundtrack moments of emotional discovery or arcs of romantic discord and reconciliation. The fact that he can deploy a banjo without sounding trite or trendy is testament to his knack for arrangements, but his most potent weapon is immaculate vocal harmonies. He’s vanilla, but it’s a rich, delicious vanilla.
He’ll open for The Civil Wars this Thursday at the Lincoln.