Best Of 2015

Best Instrumental Rock: The Porch Session

Best Instrumental Rock

We can’t say much more about this unique local quartet that its surging popularity hasn’t shown — some local music fans are looking for something different, and The Porch Sessions deliver. Drums, guitar, bass and violin work alternately with and against one another to build and deconstruct moods, in harmony one moment and creating a unique melodic tension the next. “Instrumental” still sometimes reads as “noodly,” but The Porch Sessions never add an unnecessary note in their aural architecture. Last fall’s Three Parts to a Moment was great, but they’re always better experienced live.