Listening to modernist music can be like staring at the stark lines of a steel-and-glass skyscraper - it's clean and beautiful, but somehow lacks something. Philadelphia's modern rock artists Kaufman let you appreciate the building for moment, then blow it up and reassemble it into something meaningful, personal, and soulful. Kaufman's music is passionate, filled with tension and release. A shared background in film among the band's members infuses the music with a cinematic scope and brings powerful sonic landscapes to life. Kaufman's debut album 'Modern Sprawl,' released on Philadelphia's a|i|r records and produced by Derek Chafin, gives listeners a glimpse of a band with thoughtful and big ideas and an impressive sound palate to grow them on. Kaufman members Brian Novelli (bass) and Pasquale DeFazio (guitar) met in the editing suites of a production house where they both work. DeFazio heard Novelli blaring The Doves in Novelli's editing room. Discovering a shared interest, they talked music and got together to play. Soon enough, then DeFazio's brother Rob came in as a drummer. Kaufman originally formed as an instrumental trio that recorded in Novelli's house. After a year, they began a search for a vocalist to widen their musical lens. On the verge of giving up after an exhaustive search, they found Michael Borrasso, who filled the role perfectly. Borrasso's inspired and political lyrics form a focal point, with unique and inventive song structures augmenting beautiful melodies. With flourishes of Radiohead and Bowie's Berlin days interwoven with textures of Sigur Ros and subtle throwbacks to The Doors, the band presents a complex and esoteric yet accessible soundscape. Underneath it all lies a dash of Muscle Shoals soul and aggressive rock, bringing it all into sharp focus.