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, ‚ÄúThe record is about a dream I had where I‚Äôm 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.‚ÄĚ
Despite the notoriety of it‚Äôs members, Pfarmers sounds unlike anything they‚Äôve produced before. The first track ‚ÄúBenthos‚ÄĚ is a sprawling ambient piece comprised of looping, layered horns. The album then launches into a set of pop songs, reminiscent of Lackthere-of (Danny‚Äôs solo project), as played by Kraftwerk. Devendorf‚Äôs trademark drum style is present, but here they‚Äôre filtered so heavily as to sound mechanical. Seim contributes layered vocals, and thick bass brooves, while Nelson provides complex spatial arrangements.
It‚Äôs a diverse record, switching swiftly between catchy pop songs and long instrumental breaks. It‚Äôs 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