Daytona unites three former Chapel Hill musicians who started a band of pop-focused expatriates after separate New York migrations. Though Jose Boyer might best be known for the garage rock verve of The Gondoliers (here) and Harlem (there), this new act sidesteps simple bluster for music that's strangely effervescent and intricate. Rhythms unequally distilled from Africa, South America and indie rock shape an oblong chassis for these high harmonies and bright guitars. Recorded by Lost in the Trees frontman Ari Picker, these songs bear subtle signs of his rather baroque style, with surprising flourishes—acoustic textures, auxiliary percussion, arched dynamics—adding depth to what might've been fun but forgettable rock bursts.
—Grayson Haver Currin