When: Mon., June 29, 7 p.m. 2015
Domestication, the debut album by Try the Pie — the songwriting vehicle of San Jose’s Bean Kaloni Tupou, who’s slated to appear at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records (420 40th St., Oakland) on Monday supporting Fred Thomas — is a suite of understated, interior pop songs struck through by wistful vocals. Tupou’s melodies trail behind the beat, linger supplely on the end of each phrase, and move with lithe grace atop the band’s functional arrangements. The music is melancholy at its core, though Tupou’s allusive lyrics convey more of a sense of inward inquiry than outright wallowing. The speaker is awake before dawn on “Every Week” and sawing off an unspecified appendage or memory in the middle of the night on “Parts,” while the image of a dog appears repeatedly, perhaps as some sort of protective phantom. What’s clear is Domestication’s impact — an enveloping slow burn and one of Bay Area’s ace songwriter statements so far this year.