The 12 songs on Lines We Trace represent a band steady enough in its sound —poignant, panoramic, unreservedly gorgeous — that it can expand beyond it. The string section that hums throughout “Elegy” — quintessentially sweeping, Hey Marseilles style — shifts into finely composed abstraction for the song’s final minute. Colin Richey’s skittering rhythm on “Bright Stars Burning” is a gentle breakbeat, a sly nod to atmospheric drum ‘n’ bass.
“Madrona” and the album-closing “Demian” are Hey Marseilles’ first fully instrumental songs, a pair of echo-laden piano-and-cello dirges that are simultaneously solemn and sumptuous. “Dead of Night” trots along on an almost-funky, waltzy swing and gives the album its titular lyric, trumpet triumphant as Bishop sings, The lines we trace have a thousand ends/We’ll count the ways we can’t begin/And stay in our homes, remain on our own.
PHOX will be the opening band on Sunday. Tickets cost $18 and can be purchased at Ignition, by phone at 574-971-8282 or online.