There are no two ways about it. Untethered Moon is absolutely Built To Spill all the way, from its unmistakable directness and melancholic rock to Doug Martsch’s guitar prowess – and power chords, thank you. There are quite a few surprising twists and turns, but their signature sound is there, as strong as ever. However, with all that being said, there’s something else that’s undeniable: How do they keep their distinctive vibe so fresh, without sounding rehashed or repetitive? The Austin Music Minute admits that perhaps this is a fan’s way of thinking, but the albums speak for themselves. Untethered Moon is another gem to add to the list. There’s a depth in Martsch’s songs that always resonates.
Built To Spill’s current tour includes a stop in Austin tomorrow night at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater, 801 Red River. Opening the show are Wooden Indian Burial Ground and Clarke and The Himselfs. Doors open at 7 p.m. Another good one. Recommended.
– Photography by Stephen Gere.