Built to Spill
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Ancient Melodies of the Future


The reason these ex-indie rockers remain on a major label — unlike most of their ’90s peers — is splayed across their sprawling eighth album, Ancient Melodies of the Future. Singer guitarist Doug Martsch and his band adopt a tougher, tighter sound, as well as a more expansive one: With their remorseful slide guitars, radiant keyboards, and Martsch’s wounded elf voice, the songs turn, wearily and sublimely, into mini-epics. A lovely surprise, especially when Martsch turns zippy on ”Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss.”