Why aren't you listening to Milagres right now?

Milagres, counter-clockwise from top left: Chris Brazee, Steven Leventhal, Eric Schwortz, Fraser McCulloch and Kyle Wilson Eric Schwortz

Milagres, counter-clockwise from top left: Chris Brazee, Steven Leventhal, Eric Schwortz, Fraser McCulloch and Kyle Wilson
Eric Schwortz

(CBS) Occasionally a contemporary band or solo artist comes along and puts out music so good the listener almost can't believe what he's hearing. Artists that fall into that category: Mother Mother. OutKast. Bon Iver. Now there's Milagres.

The Brooklyn-based quintet has existed in various incarnations for several years and has a full-length album coming out Sept. 13 on Kill Rock Stars called "Glowing Mouth." The song you can listen to below, "Here to Stay," is the second track on the album.

(Click through to listen to "Here to Stay")

A driving keyboard, thumping drums, steady percussion and acoustic guitar propel the track, with more keyboards, a soaring electric guitar and what sounds like a glockenspiel adding accents. Singer and guitarist Kyle Wilson's voice pushes through with dreamy lyrics (to borrow an accurate description from the Village Voice) to tell a restless story (to borrow a line from the song).

Milagres also does well what lots of contemporary bands struggle with: It blends electric and acoustic instruments in a way that not only seems completely natural, but makes one wonder why so many other bands can't get a sampler or synthesizers to sound at home with an acoustic guitar.

The other members of the band are Eric Schwortz on guitar, backing vocals and percussion; Chris Brazee on piano and keys; Fraser McCulloch on bass, backing vocals and keys; and Steven Leventhal on drums and percussion. It's almost ridiculous how good this band is.

Read more about Milagres here.

  • David Riedel

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