Latin Grammys 2018

Chemistry Is What We Are

One might expect raw, primal sounds to emerge from an outfit named after apes. But this four-piece band from Manchester draws inspiration from quieter sources: Standout song "Mr. Crow" resonates with

One might expect raw, primal sounds to emerge from an outfit named after apes. But this four-piece band from Manchester draws inspiration from quieter sources: Standout song "Mr. Crow" resonates with the type of vocal harmonies that once brought another Fab Four to prominence. Simian's personal record label and recording studio, both called Trial and Error, neatly reflect a loose production style. And it's the group's quiet subtleties that make

the album flow: the chirps of dazed birds that swirl distantly on "Round and Around," the skittering tones that dance behind "How Could I Be Right." Like recent Astralwerks releases from British bands Turin Brakes and Kings of Convenience, Simian employs the use of electronic music as a cloaked sideline within a more traditional folk-rock format for a soothing effort that sounds modern and nostalgic.—TP