Washington, D.C.-based band Nah. cleverly constructs a specific strain of indie rock that exhibits a kaleidoscopic understanding of what makes these sounds so irresistibly engaging and catchy. They blend the inherent angularity of the genre with punk's raucous history and pop's effervescent personality. The resulting rush of noise is cohesive and allows for detailed exploration of its many influences. The band channels the angsty emotional turbulence of our formative years through the awareness of the impending future and our place in it. A mesh of inspirations, their work is more than the simple sum of its enamored aesthetics -- it's an eclectic and often weighted perspective on the details and consequences of our lives.
On recent single, "Vitamin D," the band lulls you into a rolling atmosphere of chiming guitar lines and laid-back percussion as singer Emma Bleker details the spiraling movements of a doomed relationship and how the process of picking yourself up afterwards can be empowering and even liberating. The song eventually careens into a summery jam where curlicues of guitar chords and enveloping melodies express a universal longing and introspection, and those feelings can be rooted in just about anything that fills your heart with love and loss. And there's a slight serration as well, evoking a spiky swagger whose job is to protect those vulnerable heart chambers.