Can a song be considered a living thing? The tracks laid down by A Living Soundtrack a local instrumental quartet consisting of Rotary Downs alum Matt Aguiluz along with Nick Lauve, Marshall Flaig and Jenn Gosnell seem to breathe, blossom and bloom rather than verse, chorus and bridge. Witness Germination, a disorienting cut off the bands self-titled 2006 debut, whose four primary voices are an inquisitive acoustic guitar, a Massively Attacking bass-beat hammer, a nervy R2D2 computer and, finally, a reverberating Dr. Who synthesizer that quiets the crowd in preparation for the refracted third-act coda. Its a lovely kind of auditory decompression sickness, the bends in frequency form.
A Living Soundtrack performs at the Dragon's Den, 435 Esplanade Ave., tonight at 9 p.m.