Hear This: With “Be Apart,” Porches dives head-first into a new world

In Hear This, The A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, inspired by the new Porches album Pool: Songs from albums that marked a sharp left turn in an artist’s career.

Porches, “Be Apart” (2016)

Since Porches is the band that inspired this week’s theme, it’s worth noting why it received this distinction. Prior to hearing Porches’ upcoming album Pool—its first for Domino Records—I didn’t “get” the band. Given the fact that the Porches name is ostensibly an umbrella for bandleader Aaron Maine to chase his muse, it’s not surprising that the early Porches releases could be spotty. It’s not that the band’s music was bad—a song would strike a chord here and there—but Maine’s mish-mash of styles and approaches left me wanting something more cohesive—something that made Porches feel …

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