Division St.

Harbour in the Static

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Division St. is a "local" Boston hybrid formed at Berklee College of Music from all over the world. Despite the breadth of their original places of origin, the band has garnered a well-deserved following in the Boston area. Their second album, Harbour in the Static, leaves clues as to the reasons for their popularity. The album opens with Isaac Hasson's rallying cry launching the band into the cleverly written "Carry the Blame." "Confession of Truth" is a reply of questionable intention to the '60s submission "Love the One You' re With," which mixes forced romance with solid instrumentalism (including a marching drum line provided by inventive percussionist John Dorizzi). "Follow Me There" is a sometimes strained "flow and swirl" with a syllable-heavy bridge. "Spinning Circles" includes grating falsetto interjections, but the backing is strong, based solidly on Thom Scheller's four-string pulse and Jeffrey Scott Bluestein's light Hammond and backing vocals. "Losing My Mind" poses a dangerous question in a sudden, over-driving chorus. Dorizzi's flitting stick work leads into the swaying shanty lament "Never Enough," which is perhaps the high point of the album. "Water's Edge" builds slowly into a mellow ballad featuring Bluestein's smooth ivories and Dorizzi's deep tribal beats and a bluesy solo by Hasson. Bluestein also opens "Left Behind" with clever key work that is soon joined and propelled by the solid combination of Dorizzi and Scheller and topped by Hasson's bellowy vocal. "Let It Flow" unites Division St. in a funky, breathy vibe that peaks the album before it falls into the choppy closer "No Mercy."