Hump Day Harmonies & Melodies: Restorations, Doe, and Cumulus

Restorations, Doe, and Cumulus

Yeah, yeah, I’m late with my Music Mondays post this week. I’ll warn you now: if the Chiefs appear on Monday Night Football or the Royals/Cubs are in the playoffs, this will happen again. I will root for my teams. Now that the disclaimer is out of the way…

Before we get to Restorations, Doe, and Cumulus, there are plenty of honorable mentions this week. Please check out: Nile Rogers & CHIC (if you need a Bell Biv Devoe vibe), Marissa Nadler, Gouge Away (for your punk needs), Horrendous (for your metal needs), Lala Lala, GOGGS, and Sam Phillips.

Restorations: LP5000

Restorations: LP5000

Philly rockers, Restorations, are back with their fourth full-length album, LP5000. Given their previous two albums are named LP2 and LP3, I am surprised by the naming convention change. That, or, I don’t really care because this album is fantastic. It’s 7 tracks and 24:51 of wonderful, low-fi, rock noise.

Repeated listens draw comparisons to Japandroids, The Gaslight Anthem, and sometimes The Hold Steady. The sound dynamics are tricky to pin down. The closest I can describe is imagine a band playing beneath/behind a fairly thick scrim or drop cloth. You can feel the band is playing as hard or loud as they can and just want someone to remove that slight sound barrier to push you over the precipice into pure rock nirvana. I feel this is the album’s greatest asset and detriment.

It’s a detriment because I really want to bask in the unfiltered, loud, rock glory I know this album contains. It’s an asset because between that and the album’s brevity… I. WANT. MORE.

Restorations on YouTube
Restorations on Spotify

Doe: Grow Into It

Doe: Grow Into It

Keeping the rock flowing, we come to Doe’s Grow Into It. Once again I’m going to ask you to use your imagination. Imagine Weezer and The Muffs got together for a one-night stand. Hey, I’m not judging. Now imagine their love child. It’s Doe.

Grow Into It is catchy. It’s quirky. It has a cool polish juxtaposed against an awkward teen-to-young adult metamorphosis (hence Grow Into It?) that connects to the listener. If you didn’t experience that phase growing up, kudos to you, but I kind of hate you.
[Shakes head]
[Pause]
[Nods head]
[Pause]
[Shakes head]
[Pause]
[Nods head]
There are plenty of us who did.

It has sing-along-ability? I used a question mark because I know that’s not a word, but I’m making it one. After the first chorus on Team Spirit I was chiming in on the “Whoa-oh-oh” parts. If I wasn’t quickly singing along, I was nodding my head to the beat.

What I also find intriguing about the band is that it’s two guitarists and a drummer. There are parts where I think I hear a bass player, but then it sounds like it’s just a rhythm guitar taking the lower parts while the lead noodles around. I always appreciate bands breaking from the normal group dynamics since one of my earlier bands consisted of keyboards, bass, drums, and vocals and we had no issues covering guitar heavy songs.

Doe on YouTube
Doe on Spotify

Cumulus: Comfort World

Cumulus: Comfort World

I’ll admit I’m still enjoying the new Metric album I blogged about last week. That might be why I’m so high (not that kind of high) on Cumulus‘ new album, Comfort World. The vocals are similar to a younger Emily Haines. The arrangements are also a more indie pop/rock interpretation of Metric’s music.

That’s not a knock on Cumulus, obviously. I really enjoy Emily Haines’ vocals, so it would follow that I like Alexandra Niedzialkowski’s. I also appreciate the indie pop/rock twist on a Metric-like style. There’s also a Death Cab For Cutie sensibility in the arrangements and that makes sense when I learned the band worked with Death Cab’s Chris Walla and The Hall of Justice‘s (Seattle recording studio) Mike Davis.

Cumulus on YouTube
Cumulus on Spotify

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