Pfarmers is the new project from Danny Seim (Menomena, Lackthereof), Bryan Devendorf (The National), and Dave Nelson (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens).
According to Seim, â€śThe record is about a dream I had where Iâ€™m reluctantly accepting a fear of drowning by focusing on being reincarnated as a giant Gunnera plant, which thrive on the banks of rivers (specifically the Jordan River i.e. the Biblical promised land) after I paint myself gold and sink to the bottom like the El Dorado of South American folklore.â€ť
Despite the notoriety of itâ€™s members, Pfarmers sounds unlike anything theyâ€™ve produced before. The first track â€śBenthosâ€ť is a sprawling ambient piece comprised of looping, layered horns. The album then launches into a set of pop songs, reminiscent of Lackthere-of (Dannyâ€™s solo project), as played by Kraftwerk. Devendorfâ€™s trademark drum style is present, but here theyâ€™re filtered so heavily as to sound mechanical. Seim contributes layered vocals, and thick bass brooves, while Nelson provides complex spatial arrangements.
Itâ€™s a diverse record, switching swiftly between catchy pop songs and long instrumental breaks. Itâ€™s a rich and rewarding album, for those willing to dive in.
– 250 copies on Green/Blue Color-in-Color Vinyl
– Also available on Black Vinyl ($17)
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive