As cosmic as their jams can be and as free-floating as their new album’s title appears, Built to Spill have never seemed more grounded. On Untethered Moon, their eighth studio album and their first in six years, the veteran rockers haven’t drifted away from their roots. But with co-producer Sam Coomes (of Quasi) onboard, they have channeled their expansive, guitar-heavy interplay into tight, crunchy but still stylistically freewheeling songs. A new rhythm section of bassist Jason Albertini and drummer Steve Gere (both longtime friends and former BTS roadies) adds extra punch, while frontman Doug Martsch sings skyward, as wistfully as ever, while intertwining riffs with fellow guitarists Brett Netson and Jim Roth. Though tight on record, in-studio at KEXP, the band unleashed an unbridled set of riff-heavy rock featuring three songs from the new LP, including “So.”
Watch Built to Spill’s full performance on KEXP’s YouTube channel.