Friday 22 September 2017

Moving away from the Indie mothership

John Meagher

John Meagher

menomena

Moms

(Barsulk)

HHHHI

For a while it looked as though Menomena would be stuck at the fringes of US indie.

Their brand of challenging avant garde rock could be both brilliant and maddingly frustrating.

But now -- after losing a member -- the duo have stripped away their goofball excesses to deliver a fifth album that embraces intelligent power-pop while retaining some of their trademark idiosyncrasies.

Heavy is as Heavy Does is typical of the new direction -- a smartly crafted tune that's irreverent and melancholy in equal measure. The quirky Capsule, meanwhile, finds the pair taking a saxophone and doing something highly inventive with it.

The 10-minute closer One Horse could have been a ghastly exercise in self-indulgence, yet it's a surprisingly moving meditation on modern life and a track that should move the Portland outfit a little closer to the spotlight.

KEY TRACKS One Horse; Heavy is as Heavy Does

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