Seattle-based drummer Nick Krivchenia and bassist/vocalist Jim Vermillion, known as Armed with Legs, are a duo with a difference.
On their self-released, eponymous, debut full-length (which follows a 2010 EP), Vermillion and Krivchenia are akin to a larger band halfway between math rock and indie rock: it’s a deceptive and discreetly dramatic blend.
Vermillion uses loop pedals, chorus pads, fuzz boxes and tweaked delays to construct guitar-like overdubbing. It seems like three guitarists, but it's all bass. Meanwhile, Krivchenia utilizes typical 4-4 time signatures but adds off-kilter fills that create an intriguing pace, precision and fluidity.
The nine tracks (plus two bonus radio edits for initial single “Hey Hey” and nervy “Little Sinner”) have a controlled sparseness that accentuates notched harmonies and gentle vocals, which sometimes barely rise above a whisper. Even on tunes with momentum, such as sinuous “Baby Rattlesnakes,” the subtlety shines, and the sweeping simplicity is potent.