The New York trio formed less than two years ago, and are already inundated with the same few terms and descriptors showing up in all their press. True to published form, there are bits of ’60s baroque-pop, nods to the retro spaciness of Broadcast and Stereolab, and slices of the more modern synth n’ falsetto stylings of, say, a Class Actress, with all referenced tumbling down a spiral hallway of psychedelic color and intrigue. There’s a hazy shell of experimentation coasting a very secure and strong pop center.
With a musical DNA that traces their lineage to bands and projects like The New Lines, Holy Fuck, The Eighteenth Day of May, The Silver Abduction, and others, Lake Ruth already have proved an uncanny knack for rich, swirling pop. And it’s one that should make an delectable evening of sounds when they share the ONCE stage with fellow NYC-ers SAVAK and Boston’s own ‘gaze-dreamers Gold Muse, which features former members of the dearly departed Soccer Mom. DJ Bad Squirrel of Bradley’s Almanac spins between the bands.