Staff Pick: Told Slant

Joel Oliphint

Drummer/vocalist Felix Walworth stands front and center onstage in Brooklyn's Told Slant but hangs back behind the kit in bands like Eskimaux, Florist and Bellows, all of which are part of a loose collective of musicians and artists known as the Epoch. Though you might assume keeping time in multiple bands would make Walworth's own musical outlet an afterthought, the musician's excellent sophomore album,Going By, released in June on Double Double Whammy, proves otherwise.

"Why don't you comfort me?" Walworth asks on the tender "Low Hymnal," then leaves the question behind, mustering a solution with an inwardly directed pep talk: "Felix, you can battering-ram this life." Brute force, though, is not a common tactic for Walworth, whose intimate songs feel like closed-door confessionals - the musical version of hunkering beneath a blanket with a flashlight, fountain pen and notebook.

"I want someone to grab my face, tuck my hair behind my ears and say, 'Isn't this silly and aren't you beautiful?'" Walworth admits in a quavering voice alongside softly picked electric guitar and decidedly un-Southern banjo on "Tsunami," then gives the mundane yet heartbreaking reason why it probably won't happen: "I don't know how to talk to you without a can in my hands."

Photo by Richard Gin

Woodlands Tavern

8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18

1200 W. Third Ave., Grandview

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