Washington, DC indie-rock band Roof Beams new album titled Charon, is a major step forward in musicianship and a deeply personal exploration in songwriting from frontman, Nathan Robinson.  There is an urgency to the emotional content in the 11 songs on Charon combined with a subtlety and maturity that builds effectively on their four previous releases. The folk and punk influences of Roof Beams’ past releases remain, but they are joined by indie-rock punch and arrangements that feel raw and timeless.

This album is the first Roof Beams release with a refreshed lineup including Sean Arawjo (drums, flute, trombone, bells), Phillips Saylor (guitars, banjo, vocals), Jonathan Een Newton (cello, vocals), and Chris Lombardi (bass, vocals), and they bring lush instrumentation that adds to the personal and political expressions layered in Robinson’s lyrics. 

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Stream "A Million Bands" and "Any City" from Charon Below

Nathan Robinson’s trademark vibrato gives an urgency to the songs — whether they’re political jeremiads or steadfast declarations of love, Robinson’s voice demands your attention. The band anchors his intensity with a determination of their own. This isn’t vapid indie folk: it’s a solid statement.