Dutch quartet the Black Atlantic wrapped up their brief U.S. tour with an impressive performance at the Living Room’s CMJ showcase on Friday.  With an attentive audience, the band breezed through a tranquil set of folksy indie pop songs featuring beguiling vocal harmonies and mesmeric piano and acoustic guitar melodies.  All of the songs were from the full-length debut, Reverence for Fallen Trees (released in late 2009 on the Dutch label Beep! Beep! Back Up The Truck), and while the title track hints at Coldplay, the melancholic songs are often more reminiscent of Fleet Foxes and Choir of Young Believers (minus the strings and horns).

With most of the Black Atlantic’s songs being on the quieter side, lead singer Geert Van der Velde joked that “Walked-On Wood,” with its heavier piano parts, was the group’s attempt at rocking out.  Also in the set were “Madagascar,” “Heirloom,” with a surprising mini-accordion and “Fragile Meadow,” which was performed with just ukulele and drums.   The band closed with “Old, Dim Light,” an epic beauty with four-part choral vocals. –Teresa Sampson, Photos by Teresa Sampson