Built to Spill - Untethered Moon, 2015 - 9.2

Built to Spill is one of those bands that just keeps getting better with age. It’s always my fear that when a band I like releases something new, I’m going to be disappointed with their desire to match past efforts. This is especially the case when it’s a band that has been around for awhile - I guess once you hit a certain level of commercial success, it’s easy to veer from what got you there in the first place.

Well, in this particular scenario - that is not the case. Built to Spill’s original, seasoned sound exudes confidence and understanding of what their fans want to hear. They recognize that the way to set yourself apart in a genre that is constantly shifting and reshaping itself is to remain committed to your roots. In their latest effort, Untethered Moon, they do just that and are unafraid, unapologetic, and unwilling to mold into whatever Alt-Grunge-Rock-Crossover category you want to place them in. With Doug Martch at the helm, Built to Spill will always be a equal parts relatable and mysterious. But as long as they keep on rocking, consider me a listener.