Portland band Climber have created a very melodic bit of electro-pop with their self-titled EP, one that swims around in your heart like a very comfortable fish.
Vocalist and pianist, Michael Nelson, reminds me of both Thom Yorke and Chris Martin, and he does it with a grace that few can pull off. It takes a certain quality of pipes to sing in that manner, and he possesses enough skill to not come off sounding extremely derivative, a failing task for many bands. Musically, Climber hang out in the same territory as Radiohead's Kid A, Daft Punk's Discovery, and Her Space Holiday's Manic Expressive.
The songs are sweet, minimal, electronic numbers that don't vary much from one another in approach or form, but have a cohesiveness that help to keep the listener interested.