An alternative music group within the old-fashioned feeling of the term — and by old-fashioned, which means, say, circa 1994 — LA quartet Acute begin from basics of catchy, poppy music seemingly influenced with the even more overtly smart end of mainstream pop, everyone from your Beatles and 10cc to XTC as well as the Flaming Lip area. Acute then coating their tunes with an ear-pleasing selection of hooks, unpredicted melodic twists, strange sounds, and interesting plans to make a assorted but instantly unforgettable sound. Acute created in 2005 as an outgrowth and creative expansion of innovator Isaac Lekach’s previous task, Poulain. Poulain have been essentially a one-man display, but Lekach experienced come up with a touring music group to get the group’s second record, 2003’s For Travellers. Bonding with touring bassist Colt Maloney, Lekach relocated from his house foundation of Florida to LA to create Acute with Maloney and drummer Patrick Edwards, previously of the energy pop combo Ozma, later on adding keyboardist Jason Borger. The quartet documented its 2006 debut EP, Choices, with well-known indie maker Dave Trumfio, who was simply also behind the table for Acute’s full-length debut, Hands Around a Stranger, which arrived in-may 2007.