Finally, one of Holland's finest products gets exported to the U.S.

Finally, one of Holland's finest products gets exported to the U.S. The star Lowlands rock quintet Daryll-Ann's third full-length studio album—and second for Dutch indie-rock leader Excelsior Recordings, following the 1996 masterpiece Daryll-Ann Weeps—Happy Traum finds the band continuing to channel the verities of late-'60s/early-'70s American rock (à la the Byrds and Neil Young) in a subtle, individual manner high on heart-breaking melodicism. The poetic vocals of Jelle Paulusma and live-wire guitar of Anne Soldaat drive such highlights as pop starter "Surely Justice," doleful gem "Everybody's Cool," and hook-heavy rocker "When You Cry." With an ensemble tone that's warm but vulnerable like an Indian Summer day, the Daryll-Ann sound comes as a rare gift in the current rock climate. The band plays New York City dates in early October, and the Amsterdam-based Excelsior Recordings is newly racked in the U.S. by the Boston-based Sure Fire Distribution.—BB

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