Uncluded - "Hokey Fright"
As soon as something is described to me as "quirky" I'm out...I can't hang. I immediately picture the most ironic of hipsters praising their latest bootleg of Tuvan throat singing while wearing some obnoxious pastel t-shirt announcing to the world that they "run on puppy power...quirky indeed
This record will probably be described as quirky by the blogosphere but please friends, do NOT let that turn you off.
This is probably the most lyrically well-crafted album to grace my ears so far this year. Kimya Dawson's gentle, quasi-innocent words dance around the gruff verbal maypole that Aesop Rock has firmly planted into a musical landscape that could easily be straight from the pages of the brothers Grimm.
Humor twirls with sadness, introspection bows to sharp observation, minutea has meaning...this record is deeper than it appears yet it can easily be put on as background music to make heads bob.
TLDR? - Magic words from Kimya Dawson and Aesop Rock.
I missed his set when they were in town earlier this year, but I heard it was pretty dope. It was odd that Atlas Genius would share a stage with RJD2, but I'm no promoter so what do I know?!
Either way, we welcome Atlas Genius with open arms here at the radio station...due in a large part to this song right here:
I usually don't do the whole singer/songwriter thing, but this set of brothers and a buddy have something different to say and offer so I'm finding myself a fan more and more every day.
Fun Fact #1 - Most people agree that a genius is someone who has an IQ of over 180 (or about 1 out of every 2 million people).
4 Minutes This Time I'm Losing My Mind Free