As a wise fella once said, “No matter where you go, there you are”—and as it turns out, the adage applies to musicians just as much as it does to mystics. Take the case of Best Move — a prime example of choosing feeling and function over all else.
Taking direction from both the cinematic song stylings of sardonic yet unfettered troubadours like Randy Newman, Brian Wilson, and Harry Nilsson and the “visual scoring” of indie-pop song placement in 21st-century films, Best Move’s music suggests the sound of a decade of winding, disparate avenues finally convening in a perfect center. The Sacramento-based trio is composed of Kris Anaya, Joseph Davancens, and Fernando Oliva. Anaya, a talented songwriter with a penchant for wry, offbeat guitar-based folk-pop songs, and Davancens, who holds higher education degrees in avant-garde composition and jazz double bass, formed the electronic act Doombird together in 2016, but in 2019 the pair gravitated back to what they consider more natural inclinations: organic instruments, earnest songwriting, and a more true-to-themselves direction. Adding Oliva, Best Move was born.