Nightingale Floors - VAGRANT
FILTER Grade: 78%
By Clare R. Lopez on June 7, 2013
Rogue Wave move onwards and upwards. The Oakland band have experienced more than their fair share of life’s adversities through health issues and death. In spite of trials that would throw anyone off course, the band, including original members Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon, have gotten right back on track for album number five. Enlisting the expertise of producer John Congleton (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Explosions in the Sky), the group headed into Cotati’s Prairie Sun Recording Studios just north of Rogue Wave’s Bay Area home base and crafted Nightingale Floors. Encapsulating the steadfast nature of these songs in the very first seconds, “No Magnatone” begins the album with a strong drum seemingly beating as a tranquil heart. While part of this consistency is the cursive guitar work and snappy hooks that adorn many of the tracks, the fluidity within and between songs also plays a significant role. Rogue Wave have risen to the occasion.