Normally, it's door-draw suicide for a local group to play several shows in the area within a short timespan. However, when one of the events is something bigger than the band, such as the Brick's New Year's Eve bash, it's entirely understandable for a group to double-dip into the concert calendar. Darling at Sea
won't exactly rile up December 31 revelers next week, given that it specializes in luxuriously somnolent sounds. Initially the world's softest three-guitar group, the Kansas City quartet lost an axman in January. Now the delicate dual-guitar lines intertwine behind Travis Wears' compelling voice, and a subtle rhythm section grounds the airy melodies. At times, Darling at Sea resembles a keyboardless Namelessnumberheadman an accomplishment because few groups lacking synthesizers can create such ambience. The group will gig even more frequently after releasing its debut EP next spring, but that shouldn't constrict its crowd; Darling's sets are hazy dream worlds into which listeners, once roused, can't wait to become re-immersed.