Album Review: Rogue Wave "Nightingale Floors"

Zumic Staff

by Zumic Staff

Published June 4, 2013




Rogue Wave released their fifth studio album, Nightingale Floors, via Vagrant Records, today. This follows their 2010 release Permalight.

Over the past few years Rogue Wave has suffered a few bumps in the road: job loss, a revolving door of bandmates since forming in 2002, and the recent loss of Zach Rogue's father. With all this, the band somehow manages to pull off soft and optimistic introspective indie pop.

Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon, who have been a part since the start, have finally found their groove with this effervescent new album. The two enlisted the help of noted producer and mixer John Congleton for Nightingale Floors, who has worked with Modest Mouse, Explosions in The Sky, David Byrne and St. Vincent, and The Walkmen.

Nightingale Floors starts off strong with "No Magnatone", setting the tone for the next nine tracks. Don't mistake that intro for The Beatle's "Within You Without You"! The slow and meandering synth sitar puts us listeners in a dreamy state of mind.

"College", their debut single from the album, quickly awakens us with bright and cheery upbeat guitars and percussion. This bittersweet contemplative track reflects Rogue's experience of losing his father during the writing process. College undergrads and grads can all relate to these lyrics, "You can have the knowledge/ All the things you learn in the college/ You know we've already judged".

The slow and sweet "The Closer I Get" strips the synth and tackles love with a finger picked acoustic guitar. Swoon!

"Siren's Song" sounds straight out of space, especially the beginning. Listen to it and picture yourself on the moon or Mars, surrounded by stars and planets. Sounding a bit like Arcade Fire, Rogue Wave pulls off a great build up to some "heavy" guitars, fading in and out throughout the song.

The eight minute and twelve second ambient closer,"Everyone Wants To Be You", leaves Nightingale Floors in a state of melancholy. We fade into the end, in a Mazzy Star sort of way, and feel all the emotions: sadness, numbness, confusion, and content.

Nightingale Floors Tracklist:
1. No Magnatone
2. College
3. Figured It Out
4. Siren’s Song
5. The Closer I Get
6. S(a)tan
7. Used To It
8. Without Pain
9. When Sunday Morning Comes
10. Everyone Wants to Be You

Download via iTunes here

Check below to see if Rogue Wave's coming to a city near you!

Tour Dates:
Jun 12 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 13 - eTown Hall - Boulder, CO
Jun 14 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
Jun 15 - The Old Rock House (w/ Caveman) - St Louis, MO
Jun 16 - Radio Radio (w/ Caveman) - Indianapolis, IN
Jun 18 - Union Transfer (w/ The Boxer Rebellion) - Philadelphia, PA
Jun 19 - Black Cat (w/ Caveman) - Washington, DC
Jun 20 - The Sinclair - (w/ Caveman) - Cambridge, MA
Jun 21 - Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Caveman) - New York, NY
Jun 22 - Bowery Ballroom (w/ Caveman) - New York, NY
Jun 23 - Mr. Smalls Theatre (w/ Caveman) - Millvale, PA
Jun 25 - Mod Club (w/ Caveman) - Toronto, Canada
Jun 26 - Magic Stick (w/ Caveman) - Detroit, MI
Jun 27 - Lincoln Hall (w/ Caveman) - Chicago, IL
Jun 28 - Lincoln Hall (w/ Caveman) - Chicago, IL
Jun 29 - Fine Line Music Cafe (w/ Caveman) - Minneapolis, MN
Jul 12 - The Independent (w/ Hey Marseilles) - San Francisco, CA
Jul 13 - The Independent (w/ Hey Marseilles) - San Francisco, CA
Jul 16 - Biltmore Cabaret (w/ Hey Marseilles)- Vancouver, Canada
Jul 17 - Neumos (w/ Papa) - Seattle, WA
Jul 18 - Wonder Ballroom (w/ Hey Marseilles) - Portland, OR
Jul 20 - El Rey Theatre (w/ Hey Marseilles) - Los Angeles, CA
Jul 21 - Belly Up Tavern (w/ Hey Marseilles) - Solana Beach, CA

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