The job of an AIR TRAFFIC CONTROLLER is intense. So when former US Navy air traffic controller Dave Munro sings on “The Work,” “Trying to be perfect but I’m not/In this line of work that’s how you’ve got to be/So many details that we need to oversee/Climbing and then descending rapidly,” he’s giving you insight to his heart’s weary cockpit. Despite the heaviness of the content, Munro’s words glide over featherweight indie-pop. Air Traffic Controller’s sophomore record, the Bleu-produced Nordo, created via a $12,000 Kickstarter campaign, builds on the bouncy demos he first crafted while deployed overseas a few years ago.
His next tour of duty is much safer: ATC release Nordo Tuesday, June 12 at Brighton Music Hall in Allston on a melody-mad bill with Will Dailey, Nemes, and Friendly People, then perform acoustically at four area Newbury Comics throughout the month: June 16 @ Natick (acoustic); June 21 @ Norwood (full band); June 30 @ Leominster (acoustic, 2 pm); and June 30 @ Nashua, NH (acoustic, 6pm). In the meantime, give “The Work” a proper landing right now on your summer playlist.
DOWNLOAD: Air Traffic Controller "The Work" [mp3]