Steal This Track: Achille Lauro - Reverb

Steal This Track: Achille Lauro

Ben Mossman (left), Matt Close, Jon Evans and Luke Mossman (seated) are Denver's Achille Lauro. Photo by Jon Evans.

Ben Mossman (left), Matt Close, Jon Evans and Luke Mossman (seated) are Denver's Achille Lauro. Photo by Jon Evans.


This year is already proving to be a stellar one for Colorado music. Every week, we’re blessed with new releases from local artists that make us downright patriotic about our fair state. Tomorrow night, venerable art-jazz-indie-rock outfit Achille Lauro will take the leash off its latest beast, “Flight or Flight.” You can steal a track from the album right now, before any of your friends have heard it.

The quartet of guitarist Luke Mossman, drummer (and Luke’s brother) Ben Mossman, bassist Jon Evans and distinctive vocalist and keyboardist Matt Close have turned Achille Lauro into a Denver institution. With jazzy flair, a quirky sense of humor and an inside-out take on indie pop music, the foursome has turned out a number of interesting releases over the years. On “Flight or Flight,” these Denver gentlemen collaborated once again with Denver multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer Jim Ruberto to turn their eccentric artistic visions into nine tracks of densely layered, unpredictable mood music that manages to simultaneously soothe and surprise. The band made Kristopher Coe’s “best of” list for 2011, and this release is bound to top a number of local lists for 2012.

You can get your copy of “Flight or Flight” tomorrow night at the Hi-Dive. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Mercuria & the Gems and Land Lines will open the show, which starts at 10 p.m. To get your juices flowing, steal “Lightning” right now.

Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.

If you’re a band or musician ready to expose your fresh sounds to the readers of Reverb, email your tracks — along with any interesting facts about them, as well as a photo or album art — to Eryc Eyl for consideration.

Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout for stories about Denver musicians doing extraordinary things. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.

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