Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Pronounced 'mɨˈnɒmɨnə'

The multi-instrumentalist, program-creating three-piece of goofballs better known as Menomena are finally back to release their third LP, Mines (artwork and tracklist below), after three years of side-projects and extensive recording sessions. Today, the Portland-based group graced the indie world with the first taste of what LP3 will hold when it's released on July 27. As expected, it's wonderfully weird, but it's also a lot more texturally sparse than Friend and Foe, the trio leaving significant open spaces between the keyboards, TVOTR-esque horns, and percussion for their Brent Knopf-led harmonies. However, the song builds over the course of its nearly five-minute playing time a la "Air Aid." Needless to say, "Five Little Rooms" more than piques my interest for the full length coming a couple of months.

01. Queen Black Acid
02. Taos
03. Killemall
04. Dirty Cartoons
05. Tithe
06. Bote
07. Lunchmeat
08. Oh Pretty Boy, You’re Such A Big Boy
09. Five Little Rooms
10. Sleeping Beauty
11. Intil
Five Little Rooms


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