I remember being a kid and that show the Twilight Zone would come on and Rod Serling would be standing there looking all creepy and there was creepy music playing and he would say “You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, the Twilight Zone!” That’s the kind of disclaimer I’m going to give for this review of 5000’s five-song EP Nutrition by the San Francisco via Athens, Georgia nutritionist-puppeteer Meghann Jordan.
I use an example of this argument in the opening verse of the first song “Protein,” “Egbert is a chicken, a chicken kind of egg / And when he’s in the kitchen, he starts to lose his head / Some folks like him scrambled /Others like him fried / Put protein in your diet, and you will feel alive.” Now mind you this is not a children’s song. Jordan’s vocals are straight-laced and very strong and the lo-fi mildly twang-y indie pop melody behind it is pretty irresistible too.
The same goes for the natural and sickly sweet “Strawberry,” which if you haven’t guessed already, about strawberries. More specifically all of their delicious uses. The lyrics read like somewhat of a recipe card, “PBJ what do you say, hey shortcake it’s me / Whippin’ up a healthy snack, it’s fresh as can be.”
But Nutrition isn’t all fun and games. On the sad country slow-jam “Corn” one gets the sense that Jordan is also using nutritious innuendos that relate to the larger world. It opens with the half joking “Cornelius the Corn Cob, he hangs with the vegetables / Out in the field, you may see his ears fall down… / And you can see his face.” There is a humanness to these words which makes one think this just isn’t about corn, as later she confides “High fructose corn syrup gives me a bad wrap / I’ve got vitamins and minerals / There’s plenty more vegetables here / More nutritious than me.”
I’m not really sure what Jordan’s endgame is with Nutrition. Is she yanking our chains or trying to be a voice of healthy eating choices? I’m still not sure. But I am sure that Nutrition is a very nourishing record and its easily digestible for people of all lifestyles.
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