Doug Fir Southeast
Wed., Jan. 17, 8 p.m. 2018 21+
Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci are two non-biological brothers from Los Angeles who are doing big things under the moniker Mapache. Sonically, the duo’s 2017 self-titled debut is built out of acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies, and the occasional pedal-steel swoop or basic percussion part. Finch and Blasucci synthesize the music of their hometown, touching on traditional country, ’70s folk, sunbaked Laurel Canyon twang, psychedelic soul, and Bakersfield country. The end result is a collection of songs that sound gorgeous and feel timeless. Mapache’s Bandcamp profile touts them thusly: “Imagine the Everly Brothers wearing tie-dyed Nudie suits.” That’s a very high bar, but when you press play on the album, suddenly that bar seems within reach, somehow, some day.