Aaron & the Sea

The hook to Aaron and the Sea's delectable track "Singles Club" sounds a bit like what might result were Maroon 5 to have Franz Ferdinand's love child. To wit, it's jumpy, funky, and slick with soul. Happily, the track is representative of the other material found on the band's debut, Seconds and Shapes. Here, a lock-step rhythm section leads danceable '80s synth grooves, over which lead vocalist Aaron Rice and bassist/vocalist Mayda flow like so much melted butter. The band's prowess shocks at first; that is, until one digs into its members' impressive solo offerings and former bands (Heiruspecs, Kid Dakota). Formed in mid-2008, Aaron and the Sea wasted no time forging their first record, which shows no sign that haste made waste. Rather, the sound is solid, mature, and radio ready — whatever that means nowadays. With Ocean Cats, Your Friends & Family, Complexes.
Fri., Feb. 3, 9 p.m., 2012

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