Indian Headset
Skin Of Your Teeth
Street: 03.20.12
Indian Headset = Fleet Foxes + Laura Gibson

After releasing their debut self-titled album around four years ago, local band Indian Headset returns with this short, but really great, six-song EP. The album stays mostly faithful to a blend of indie-folk rock, with some strong musicians on board—most notably Ryan Schoeck, who formed the band back in 2008. Schoeck’s voice and guitar playing mesh very well together, and the sound is among some of the best I’ve heard from local bands. At certain times throughout the album, Schoeck’s set of pipes reminded me a little bit of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. The opening track “Bourdeaux” puts Schoeck’s chops on display from the get-go, and the tune also benefits from some eerie pedal-steel guitar echoing in the background throughout the song. Other songs, such as “Canoe” and “Mother’s Words,” are great as well, and follow a similar musical theme. Overall, this is a fine EP, with lots of simple chords and mellow soundscapes. –Jory Carroll