Siberian doesn’t do anything small and their songwriting ambition is surprising given the relative youth of the band members. This Seattle band writes crafty big-hearted pop that reminds us of the Bends-era Radiohead (with a decidedly American filter) or maybe the Arcade Fire without the quarter note bass drum all-the-freaking-time. There are twists and turns galore and a lot of subversion of traditional structures without seeming showy about it or anything. And what I really like is that they don’t mind “going for it” in a non-ironic way. Siberian is a band that pounds it out without cynicism and full of optimism and enthusiasm, and even though “earnest” is supposedly back, it still seems refreshing when you hear it done right.

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