“Witty, idiosyncratic indie-rock that is to a band like Maroon 5 what a film like Sideways is to one like Miss Congeniality 2…. These are songs to not just listen to, but explore, a series of musical masks donned by an artist with keen insight and an outsized sense of playfulness.” —The Daily Vault
Arms of Kismet summons a warm, analog vibe that sounds as natural in a coffeehouse as it does on a car radio. Guitars and dancebeats coat sugary melodies and fractured lyrics, blending genres in offbeat and revelatory ways. Brooding and poppy, funny and foreboding, it’s toe-tapping, tragicomic rock ‘n’ roll.
From the confectionary “Emmett Kelly in Love” to the bittersweet “Beautiful in Plaid,” the recent Play for Affection charts the topography between life today and someday. By turns sun-kissed (“My Mercurial Nature”) and shadowy (“The Miserablist”), it maps joy, sadness, and the open terrain in-between. Whether characters actively plan their itineraries (“Leaving”) or fall asleep at the wheel (“Another Song Called Home”), they roll on, driven by dreams, desire, and the cryptic hand of fate.
Produced by Mark Doyon and mastered by Jon Astley (Tori Amos, George Harrison, Pete Townshend), Play for Affection delivers 10 tuneful tales of mirth and woe.
The new album, The Helium Age, will be released on September 30, 2016.
Also available from Wampus: Eponymous and Cutting Room Rug.