Cali pop from Beach Boys' hometown

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Hailing from Hawthorne, CA, dios peddle a nice line in blissed-out pop that may have something to do with the fact that their hometown’s most famous sons are The Beach Boys. Yet they owe as much to early-’70s Neil Young, and it’s no coincidence that the one cover on this appealing debut is “Birds”from After The Gold Rush. It fits in perfectly with the strummed acoustics, loping rhythms and plaintive vocals from Joel Morales, spliced with bursts of extraneous off-kilter noise in the style of Grandaddy or Wilco. Rather fine.