Enola Fall, ‘Heliotropic’

Enola Fall’s intentions and methods are decidedly modest: The Tasmanian act’s new album clocks in at less than 28 minutes, eight songs played matter-of-factly by what is primarily a one-man band. But without seeming to push, “Heliotropic” nonetheless hums with a rich resonance time and again. Frontman Joe Nuttall has a knack for shifting at just the right time and in just the right way to coax drama out of his songs. An unfussy sonic palette — pared-down Arcade Fire-style guitar anthems, with an occasional hint of new wave snap — allows him to step out of the way and let the music’s turns do most of the work. “Stab On” has the same heartbeat surge as Win Butler and company, and there’s a yearning that drives “Unlovable.” The same modesty that gives Enola Fall much of its charm means that it only grazes greatness occasionally, rather than holding it consistently. But the modest pleasures of “Heliotropic” are pleasures nonetheless, no less felt for the scale of their delivery. (Out Friday)




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