Review: The High Llamas

The High Llamas
“Beet, Maize & Corn”
(Drag City)

It is instrumental music with alluring, but delicate melodies. The band eschews guitars for a string section. It drifts you down a river of “Pet Sounds” and Tin Pan Alley, ’70s soft rock and cinematic scores. While the rhythms percolate, melody and harmony weave and intertwine to sublime effect on this record of gentle orch pop. Sean O’Hagan is a master of the light touch with a wide palette of sounds on this sweet pocket symphony.