'The New Green's latest balances playful and poignant pop. The pianos, strings, and brass breeze over and bolster these acoustic strummed charmers and pensive shuf?ing lullabies to give it plenty of goose- bumped rises, while a distinctive, sometimes ?ery gui-tar subtly sizzles across the compositions as boisterous drums spurt speedy marches, cathartic punchy ?lls or just steady jazzy steppers. On Elaborate Maps, their second proper LP, the group hones their songwriting sensibilities, becoming even more effective at sticking these sweet mellow melodies inextricably into your brain. While dabbling in the exuberance of pop/rock, their songs have a worldlier, beyond-the-rock-club, type of re?ective lyricism. Elaborate shows a nice balance between incorrigibly Brit-Pop hallowed stately songmanship, blended with a neo-country twanged wink and the delicate yet dynamic aesthetic of or- chestral indulgent baroque-pop, ingredients that had already been stewed on 2008's Easily Made, Easily Broken. Also like before, the group doesn't shy away from personal, memoir-ish lyrics, whether it's revela- tions on ? nding happiness in the moment (the hook heavy, falsetto ?itted "Bigger Than Me"), re?ections upon the different lenses through which we view the world as child, teen and adult (the organ rounding, fuzz-pedal, synth-gleamed "Grow Up"), dreams and memories (the upbeat whirling riffs "Clocktower Bells"), delusions and deception (the honky-tonk meets brass-blared indie-pop bouncer "Closet Smoker") or ?nding and expanding that moment of elusive contentment to full appreciation ("Elaborate Maps")'. Jeff Milo, -Current.