Please Don't Feed The Band from Cyrenaics is their most cohesive album to date. The band delivers nine songs which have a lo-fi off-kilter 50’s pop feel them. Sometimes the band gets into experimental territory but it’s not too often.
They open with “King's Mistress”. It’s a pretty catchy song overall. My only minor issue is the singer is sometimes flat. The guitars sometimes get dissonant which works with the song. Up next is “lonely Friday Night” which feeds more into a 50’s teen angel type sound. The singing is a little more on point on this track and thought it was arguably one of the best songs they've written.
“Spring Forward” has a serene, loungey vibe to it. It comes from every element in the song. The guitars are smooth with reverb, the drumming feels light and the vocalist seems to be on the verge of slurring his works together. “Have You Ever Been Cursed?” is the centerpiece of the album which goes on for over nine minutes. The song was solid but didn’t really know why the band decided that long of length time was justified. The interlude is one off experimentation.
“Ill Gotten Wealth” utilizes vocals snippets from a movie or tv show. The song is one of the more out there on the album but works. “Until The End of Night” sounds a lot like that title while “In Your Ears Ring The Bells of 1000 Carousels” is a sparse closer revolving around guitar and vocals.
The Cyrenaics are definitely making some improvements and evolving. They are getting more established and the chemistry is clicking. I still want to hear their music from a professional studio at some point but Please Don't Feed The Band is a step in the right direction.
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