With the amaranthine onslaught of bands like Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and Bon Iver inspiring the resurgence of the folk-music flag, it would seem almost impossible for a group from a small indie label in the Utah Valley to raise eyebrows in a densely populated genre market. But, Desert Noises has done just that. At a time when it's getting harder and harder to posit an original identity, musical or otherwise, this foursome has made its mark with a straightforward songwriting approach, layers of reverb, and magnetizing live shows. The scope of their sound is impressive. There are moments of reserved roots-rock balladry, hints of playful jangle-pop, and experiments into the opulent world of modern psychedelia. Get turned on.
Desert Noises performs Tuesday, April 2, 8:30 p.m. at the Bug Jar, 219 Monroe Ave. $7-$9. 454-2966, bugjar.com.