Upon first listen, yeah this is an odd tune. Staccato picking, multiple rhythms (I’m sure there’s a technical term for it, I don’t know, get over it) and frankly, vocals that to me, just only to me, remind me of Fred Schneider , you know kids, The B52’s? Also, no that’s not in a bad way either; I think it’s the talking parts, I don’t know, get over it. This song is magically weird, it doesn’t take long, right when you get into the chorus and it all kicks in, you get it. It kind of reminds me of The Beatles “Peppers” phase, I mean the song’s about going to see an Apple King.
I do really dig this tune, the bass is up front, the two guitars are playing different riffs, panned stereo for large goodness, and the drums, OH the drums, lazy and perfect. The whole tune gives you that feel like they are technical players just relaxing, taking the day off and playing a great song that just flows so well. The transitions between the verse to chorus will jar you, they are so vastly different. The vocals on the verses tend to be more talking, inflections of The B52’s peaking in (not a bad thing!) and then kicks into the chorus, where it’s all harmony, and they are good too. This band is a fun band, always trying new things, playing in the toy box of oddities and finding weird stuff that shouldn’t work, but they make it work. Apple King is a step in a new direction for BRNDA, it seems. Compared to their older stuff Apple King is more refined, structured, yet keeping the same elements of their past releases, a sign of a good band who knows who they are and are finding it in said toy box, behind the Rodon figurine.
You can hear (and buy) Apple King from BRNDA on Bandcamp.
|Sound Quality:||(5 / 5)|
|Musicianship:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Artwork:||(4 / 5)|
|Lyrics:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Average:||(4.5 / 5)|