Invisible Daylight

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The last time we heard from Chicagoans Throw was on the fresh-faced acoustic Low Country. To succeed at that half-naked format, you better have a nice body of tunes, or you'll be exposed as a 100-pound weakling quick. So it's no puzzler that singer/songwriter/bassist Wade Iverson has ten more crackerjack songs bursting full-band, a nice improvement on the OK 1994 debut Trace. Nothing so subtle on Invisible Daylight; with a power drummer like Heath Chappell, you might as well kick some you-know-what underneath those well-developed melodies, and Chappell's springy, punchy, ratatat, cat-quick work on "Shadow of Then" and others is a marvel. Iverson also knows his way around less furious feels, as "7% Solution" amply demonstrates, and for more variance, Throw throws out mid-song tempo changes around like jalapeƱos in a salad. This indie clash of pop and rock is plenty good and spicy.

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