If indie rock were a recipe, you have a couple of options. You can go sweet, with pop melodies and saccharine choruses (see: Vampire Weekend, Princeton, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart). Or you can go spicy, with strange tribal beats and lots of vocal harmonies (Animal Collective, Young Magic, Bear in Heaven).
But if we had to throw L.A. quartet Hands into the mix, we'd have to describe this band as salty. They're not sugary, although they do make fun, easy melodies. They're not totally rhythmic, although they do appreciate great percussion. Instead, these guys weave unique musical elements like an everpresent bass thumping, layers of drums, and a soaring, high-flying chorus together for a sound that's equally blissful and exciting.
You can hear it in full tomorrow, when they release their new EP Massive Context. But for now, shake up your daily music intake and get a taste of Hands below. --LIZA DARWIN Buy Massive Context tomorrow, and listen to more Hands here. Come To Know by NYLONmag