The Brother Kite: Isolation

The Brother Kite
(Claire Records)

While the music-buying (and stealing) public patiently waits for a new Postal Service album (seven years and counting) their heir apparent just might be an indie band from Rhode Island.

With their third effort, Isolation, Providence-based Brother Kite manages to marry ambient sounds without sounding too sterile. The record relies heavily on synthesizers and drum machines, but it’s the vocals and just enough strong guitars that keep Isolation anchored and safely out of prog rock or numbing electronica territory.

A stronger offering than their last effort Waiting, which tended to take repeated listening before finally catching on, Isolation takes little getting used to and grabs attention early on.

We may never get that oft-rumored Postal Service follow up, but releases like Isolation make the waiting that much more bearable.