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The six members of A Sunny Day in Glasgow were spread across two continents while conceiving last summer’s Sea When Absent, but distance was hardly a detriment to the band’s Slowdive-meets-Sleigh Bells brand of dreamy indie rock. If anything, the separation created a newfound sense of urgency in the band’s soundscapes, resulting in a sprawling set of songs that are as dynamic as they are atmospheric. Right off the bat, Sea When Absent proves to be an eardrum-tickling thrillride—opening track “Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)” features puzzle-piece layers of fuzzy guitar, strings, synths, and echoing vocals that attack from all sides, roaring and cascading with every crescendo. Next comes album highlight “In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing),” with its breezy intro that quickly transitions into one of 2014’s most massive, anthemic choruses. Sea When Absent has an abundance of moving parts, but the band succeeds by prioritizing finesse, rather than sensory overload. While A Sunny Day in Glasgow may be more erratic than your typical shoegaze or indie-pop outfit, adventurous listeners will find the band’s controlled chaos easily digestible and always riveting. A Sunny Day in Glasgow performs with Creepoid and Jason Bartell at 8:30 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10–$12. (202) 483-5000. dcnine.com.