At a time when the number of bands and musicians in the musicsphere is staggering, it behooves a group to find some way to stand out from the crowd. They'd all like to think it's their music that puts them heads above the rest, but in order to prove that, they need to have their music heard. One way to get a leg up and move to the top of oh, say, an arts and entertainment editor's "must listen" pile is to include a photo so ridiculous it's unforgettable, which is what Portland, Ore.-based Giant Mirrors did.
Giant Mirrors' Lord of the Rings-ish photo-shoot notwithstanding, members Adam Kiedrowski, Adam Bartell, Kenneth Anderson and Steven Dutt definitely deserve a listen or two (or three or four). Their Northwestern music is an amalgamation of cool vibes, low-key guitar, faraway drums and bent vocals often reminiscent of Jeremy Enigk's (Sunny Day Real Estate). Odd sounds and instrumentation dot their songs (listen to the intro of In Arms Thrown), but don't throw off the overall intention of the tracks. The music is just that much more interesting and listenable.
On their Myspace site (Myspace.com/GiantMirrors), they describe their music as "A hydra in sound and expression. Lyrics touch on utopian hopes, deserted ideals and endless streams of consciousness that feed into a sea of meaning without blatently [sic] stating subjects." It's a description that says little about the unique music, but, strangely, plenty about the band.
Oct. 13, 9 p.m., $3, with Wow and Flutter and locals The Universal. The Bouquet, 1010 Main St., 208-345-6605.