Oakland-based Whiskerman has announced a full-length LP set to be released early October, and the first single "Cardinal City" is out now. It's a slice of low-key psychedelic soul and, though it's not the strangest offering I've heard from the genre-melting four-piece, still contains an understated eccentric quality. Singer Graham Patzner croons the silky ballad a bit like Jim James while the arresting synth line weaves around the bittersweet melody. Memories of the first time you heard Wilco's Sky Blue Sky come rushing back, but then you realize Whiskerman is one of a kind - that even though they have a few comparable contemporaries nothing quite matches their unique arrangements and unexpected instrumentation and haunting beauty.

The Pocket (Santa Cruz)
September 26th, 2015
9pm, $8 (21+)