Los Colognes

Los Colognes, the duo from Nashville, plays The Lariat Friday night in a late concert.

Jay Rutherford and Aaron Mortenson use a simple approach of one guitar and a drum to produce complex sounds based on thoughtful arrangements and a conceptual approach to music.

Their third album, “The Wave,” attempts to transcend, telling a holistic story filled with brooding, yet joyful songs, philosophical ruminations, inspiring play and expansive arrangements. Los Colognes works to balance unease and hope in their tunes.

Inspired by the FM radio days of the late ‘70s and mid-’80s, the album “The Wave” seeks to combine past influences with modern themes.

Los Colognes recorded previous albums live, but chose to go deep into the studio for this effort, taking time to produce each part of each track deliberately.

In many ways, the duo worked to take their music on this collection to the next level.

With world events bouncing in multiple directions and a sense of unease and anxiety pervading many moments in an age of excess information, the pair tries to deliver something artsy, contemplative and philosophical.

Holding the songs together are solid rock and roll sounds, mixed with subtle keyboard notes and solid rhythms.

Los Colognes takes the stage at 10 p.m. at The Lariat. The cover charge is $10.

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