Portland upstarts Matthew Fountain and the Whereabouts’ hooky, cinematic song noir is starting to low an eerie foghorn through their indigenous Land of Ukuleles. Their 2016 debut, "Born on the Hook", coproduced by Paul Laxer (Typhoon) and Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Y La Bamba), fuses densely arranged chamber folk, moody, syncopated grooves, and angular, runaway-train guitar work-- all against a wearied baritone and direct-yet-poetic lyrics on everyday mysteries and anxieties-- love, war, eternity, identity. Their wide range of influences includes Leonard Cohen, Talking Heads, Portishead, Harry Nilsson, Björk, and Elliott Smith.