The field of mellow, well-mannered, earnest indie modernism has seen no shortage of contenders over the last 10 years. Here come two more, each taking some cues from perhaps the paradigm’s most exemplary recent standard-bearer, Bon Iver. Indians, the brainchild of Copenhagen’s Søren Løkke Juul, takes the expansive electronic-folk-as-quasi-ambient template of that band’s eponymous second album in both spacier and poppier directions; Somewhere Else (4AD), with its dainty puffball synths and Juul’s elastic, attenuated tenor, bears some timbral resemblance to Animal Collective at their most sedate. Night Beds’ Winston Yellen, by contrast, is more of a traditionalist — definitely a For Emma type — with a richly formidable voice capable of frail Vernonian falsetto, hushed Sufjan solemnity and soaring Wainwright/Buckley quaver, plus some earthier barroom bluster. Country Sleep (Dead Oceans) feels like Ryan Adams’ Heartbreaker as filtered through a decade of Andrew Bird/Iron & Wine chamber-indie politeness; a trifle reluctant to really rock out, but still one of the most striking alt-country debuts in ages.
Sat., March 9, 9:15 p.m., $10, with Cat Martino, Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 215-739-9684,