March 25, 2010 Truman Peyote
Apparently Truman Peyote has been getting some much-awaited media coverage recently. And for good reason, too. These dudes have been making kick-ass music in JP for a while, now. It’s awesome to see all these Boston-area bands making good nowadays.
I’ve been a fan of some of their compositions before their new album, Light-Lightning. It’s interesting to see how the earlier elements of their music have evolved over time. The vocal drones on the second half of their song “Knowing” off of their album Catalog: 1/14 – 5/12 are now used to wonderful, psychedelic effect in songs like “Fishscraps”. Some of the compositional techniques and sounds of songs such as “Lorikeets” and “JJJJ” (both from Catalog) pop up in other songs in Light-Lightning. It’s all very disjointed, somewhat dissonant, but totally listenable and much more accessible than their earlier work. Which isn’t bad, per say; it’s great to see a band refine their earlier experiments with tapes and noises into a cohesive, coherent album.
It’s also cool to see the influence of other Boston-area bands in the music of Truman Peyote. The bass and some of the noises in “Beantown” sound like something BAIXA would have used. The same goes for TP’s “Yes.Wav”, a cute nod to the yes-wave scene of JP. The chimes at the beginning of “Fishscraps” are totally a reference to Peace, Loving’s “Chimax”.
So how’s the music? It fuckin’ kicks ass, kid, that’s how the music is. Pitchfork has already drawn the comparison to Animal Collective, which is fair enough, I guess. However, after listening to Light-Lightning on repeat for the past week, I’m pretty confident that you’ll agree with me when I say that the differences between Animal Collective and Truman Peyote are vast.
They’ve been getting the biggest buzz for their song “New Wife New Life”. It’s SUPER catchy, first of all, but they don’t compromise the experimental element of their music. The song is full of found sounds, children playing, and dissonant, jarring noises. “New Wife New Life” is perhaps about the singer realizing he is not ready to be married, which can be witnessed in lines such as:
This used to be fun for me
I’ll escape this lady
She’s not the one for me,
And she’s not the one for me.
The plethora of sounds of children screaming and having fun, combined with the lyrics above make this song–in my opinion–a strong case for escaping adulthood’s institutions and responsibilities to just be a kid again for only 3 minutes and 40 seconds, if not the rest of your life.
This album is absolutely awesome. A must-download! This is some of the FRESHEST new music I’ve heard in a WHILE. My favorite songs off the album are “Beantown”, “Yes.Wav”, “New Wife New Life”, “Fishscraps”, and “Firetime = Snowday”. In fact, I love this album so much, I’ll put the entirety of it on the Thread for your downloading pleasure!