The Sigmas is a band that formed in 2017 and recently released Parade of Another Day. It is a lo-fi album that melds jangly rock not too far from The Velvet Underground with some funk, experimentation and even horns.
The band opens with “Tonight” which was a warm song largely in part to the horns and general dreamy atmosphere. That’s not to say that the clean, reverb laced guitars had their moments especially when the drums come in.
The band changes things up on “Where You’re At.” It’s pretty catchy especially the chorus where they chant the title of the song. I liked the jangly sound here that’s very reminiscent of early recordings from The Velvet Underground. “New Age” is a great song. It almost sounds like you zapped the funk out of funk in a good way. The juxtaposition of clean, dream guitar and vocals work against the more straightforward funk bass line.
“He’s Holding Up” is a pretty big shift in style. It’s a pretty yet very melancholy folk song. I was wondering if that was a theremin at the end of the song. The band rocks out the most yet on “Bombe” but in their own kind of way. There is a tinge of surf rock but the off-kilter vocal melodies gloriously deflect cliches and predictable melodies and words.
“Some Mistake” goes back into folk territory with a picked acoustic guitar and vocals. The vocals were so well delivered on this song. It’s a mix of nonchalant observation and passive indifference. “Untitled” is a jangly jam of sorts that ends the album.
I definitely like where the band's head is at and the jumping of genres somehow works for them. Lo-fi fits with this style of music although I would have liked the drums to not sound as thin with too many high frequencies.
Overall, I think this was an off-kilter unique album that still had some depth. I hope to hear more soon.
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