ALLISON BOHL DeHART
Brass Bed's In the Yellow Leaf is out April 15.
The fourth album from Louisiana's preeminent rock 'n' rollers Brass Bed
(Lafayette brethren Jonny Campos, Peter DeHart and Christiaan Mader) makes its streaming debut via NPR
. (Listen below.)
The band — influenced equally by Harry Nilsson, Big Star, psychedelic relics and krautrock atmospherics — gleefully, wittily smudged its songwriting with blurry pop and fuzz-covered rockers for its 2013 breakthrough The Secret Will Keep You,
which shook the band's power-pop and psychedelic foundation for In the Yellow Leaf
's wrestling matches with despair, regret and the kinds of self-mockery and self-awareness that comes with age, romance and often-painful nostalgia.
Helmed by producer Chris Woodhouse (Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees), the album, like the band's live show, is an energetic, refined feedback balancing act for its more-delicate songs and harmonies — from the guitar hook on the pummeling single "I Am Just a Whisper" and harmonies stacked over the deadly twang on "More than You Can Imagine" to the quiet-loud meltdown on "Figure It Out." Album closer "Keep On" earnestly — and likely with cheek — leans on the phrase "keep on keepin' on," a fitting toast for the band's finest hour yet.
The band headlines an album release show with New Orleans alt-country band Coyotes at Gasa Gasa at 10 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Tickets $12.