Friday, June 3, 2016
Methyl Ethel - Oh Inhuman Spectacle
Playing this set of songs from start to finish is like looking through a richly illustrated children's book, with colorful psychedelic coloring, pop ups, hidden sound buttons and playful stories. With some tracks I found myself musing "this could have been on the White Album", and at other times a similar thought about Pet Sounds. Telling you which songs are the best isn't a useful endeavor, as with this album, more than others, it will depend on your taste and your mood at the time you listen. After all, this is an album of moods. But "Twilight Driving" has earned broad recognition at a top track from this album, and I agree with the consensus thinking: It is magnificent.
Oh Inhuman Spectacle was written and performed by Webb, with some assistance from studio engineer Chris Wright. For live performances Wright plays drums and Thom Stewart plays bass. The album was released in Australia in 2014, but is now getting a deserved world-wide rollout via 4AD.