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Philly foursome Arc in Round make music that fits squarely within the indie rock tradition but it manages to criss-cross that landscape with ease. There are neo-shoegaze elements of contemporaries like Asobi Seksu, nods to the pastiche pop of Broadcast, and shades of indie traditionalists such as Built to Spill. If this suggests a lot of territory to cover over the course of four minutes… well, it is. Arc in Round’s greatest bit of sleight of hand is to make the trick appear so effortless.
“Spirit” is the sixth track on the band’s recently released eponymous debut LP, which features appearances from Kurt Vile and Pattern is Movement’s Chris Ward. Synth pad chords gently usher themselves in and out of the background, giving deference to the track’s syncopated guitar notes and androgynous harmonies. Beneath it all, Matt Ricchini’s drumming helps define the song’s off-balance rhythm (perhaps there’s a little Tortoise in there, too?) as he inflects a bit of a push-pull dynamic into “Spirit” without ever taking things off the rails.