Folks have been waiting a long while for Wisconsin-to-Brooklyn artist Inlets to follow 2006’s The Vestibule EP. It makes sense his first full-length debut Inter Arbiter took awhile. The one-man band recorded it at home, when he could. That, and Sebastian Krueger’s ambitious, brainy, somehow simple-but-baroque compositions share a complexity of Owen Pallett or Grizzly Bear or a number of Krueger’s cohorts.
While working on Inter Arbiter the multi-instrumentalist collaborated with My Brightest Diamond, handled banjo for Feist on SNL, contributed to DM Stith’s Heavy Ghost, worked with violinist Marla Hansen, etc. Luckily it wasn’t just give give give: Inter Arbiter includes guest spots from regular cohort Zach Condon, Angel Deradoorian, and cellist Maria Jeffers and the aforementioned Hansen of the Osso string quartet. Of course, Krueger’s at the front and center, regardless. See, for instance, the many-hued “Bright Orange Air,” which we’re told is “an ode to the psychotropic effects of municipal lighting.” Truth there.