|Three years after WHY? turned the oft-boxed music world on its cauliflower ear with a pair of odd pop stunners -- Alopecia and its quieter cousin Eskimo Snow -- these meticulous and morbid Midwestern men return refreshed, a new album in the holster and an EP for your immediate enjoyment.|
Sod in the Seed is a scion of the WHY? to come. Sure, there's familiarity to glom onto: psych-warped sunshine choruses, folksy jangle, internally knotted rhyme schemes, confessionals cut with wry wit and crude details. But these new songs also signify a new direction in sound for the threesome also made up of Josiah Wolf and
Far from their native Cincinnati, the band spent a month and a half in the Denton, Texas, studio of Centro-Matic's Matt Pence and wrangled an ace crew of University of North Texas gunslingers to exact their wilder schemes: woodwinds, horns, strings, a choir.
On Sod in the Seed, the ''blundering braggart'' and his right-hand dudes detail dastardly deeds and hopeless romanticisms over a colorful and living score. Produced by the Wolf brothers and mixed in Atlanta by Graham Marsh (Cee-Lo Green, Katy Perry) with Yoni, every song pops exactly as it should, smearing genre with pointed intent until the end result is a gorgeously articulated work of unusual artistry and catchiness -- a WHY? record, of course.
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