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Black Watch at Nooga

Longevity is a luxury for most bands. But for Los Angeles outfit The Black Watch, it’s become something of a habit. They’re on their 18th release and show no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Owing a large debt to the sounds of classic jangle pop and indie rock of the early ’90s, the band concocts a catchy and reverent ode to those artists who obviously had such an impact on The Black Watch’s formative growth. There’s an emotional heft and weight, not to mention a certain pop buoyancy, that give their music a completely unique and earnest musical veneer.

On their latest record, “Sugarplum Fairy, Sugarplum Fairy,” the band (led by¬†songwriter John Andrew Frederick) works with aspects of shoegaze, pop and classic rock in a way that few other artists are able; they mix and match different sounds to form an insular homage to their influences. There is no pretense or affectation here; “Sugarplum Fairy” is an earnest statement of identity. It’s familiar at times, though not in a way that promotes a sense of rhythmic homogeneity. It’s simply constructed of well-worn sounds that are meticulously arranged to form something new and refreshingly straightforward. It’s pop music, rock music and a handful of other genres all rolled into a frayed package of sound that will be rebounding around in your head for weeks.

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