Boise band Low-fi has enjoyed more than a decade of playing together in the City of Trees. In that time, the group has managed to play around the Pacific Northwest, including an appearance on popular Seattle radio station KEXP and, more nationally, had a track featured on show One Tree Hill in 2010.
The band will release its new EP, Mindset, at Neurolux Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8:30 p.m. Mindset is a shifting collection of tunes ranging in tempo, style and lyricism. The most prominent track from Mindset is "Alaska," the fourth song. The gated guitars lay the foundation for a smooth, modern folk track describing prospectors looking for gold in the hills of Alaska. The song, like the EP, reaches highs and lows of energy and tempos. The crescendo is reached at the final chorus, providing an easy transition to the following track, "Friday Night Lights."
Another significant track from the collection of six songs is "Simple Life," a folk song reminiscent of the early 2000s emo folk. It shines in simplicity, with layered guitar acoustic tracks, a simple bass line providing a foundation and no percussion, Sloan's voice serves as the centerpiece.
Earlier tracks on the album, such as "Unknown" show more influences of funk and progressive rock, specifically in the instrumentation. The bass riff is funky and consistent, while the guitars are dreamy and dialed.
A throughline for the album is Sloan's lyrics. While the songs range in genre influence and theme, the lyrics are always thoughtful and poetic. The references made to hardship or even fictional retellings are typically vague, leaving the listener to decide exactly what the lyrics mean to them.
The band was formed by guitarist and vocalist Todd Sloan and bassist Josh Gilmore in 2007, when Low-fi released Where You Are. Drummer Kevin Aspach and guitarist Fernando Flores play with the band now, too. The band's second album, After All This Time, was released in 2011.
With Sons of Guns and Jac Sound. 8:30 p.m. $10. Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., Boise, neurolux.com.