Dead To Me Moscow Penny Ante on LP
While the direction of Dead To Me's career has always been on an ascending trajectory, their path has never been confined to a straight line. Multiple lineup changes have brought varied influences in song writing from album to album and have always afforded Dead To Me with an organic method of exploring and expressing diversity in their songs. After the acclaimed release of their last full-length, African Elephants, the band witnessed a changing of the guard with the retirement of guitarist Nathan and the addition of Sam Johnsons (New Mexican Disasater Squad, No Friends, Virgins) on guitar and vocals and Ken Yamazaki (Western Addiction, Enemy You) on second guitar. Upon the inclusion of the new members, the quartet headed out on a full year of touring, cementing the most cohesive and committed incarnation of the band to date.
This chemistry manifested itself distinctively in the recording of Dead To Me's latest full-length, Moscow Penny Ante. With more up-tempo and straight forward songs than their last album, Moscow Penny Ante revisits and updates the classic sound that first caught everyone's attention on 2006's Cuban Ballerina. The tracks are crafted with multiple layers throughout, noting a marked increase in adroit guitar leads, melodic vocal interplay from singer to singer, and even playful percussive elements that were not present on past releases. It's the manner in which these intricate layers are melded so seamlessly that makes the music so accessible and immediately gratifying.
Dead To Me Moscow Penny Ante Track Listing:
2. Reckless Behavior
3. The Evolution Will Be Tel Visualized
4. The Hand With Inherited Rings
5. No Lullabies
6. The Trials of Oscar Wilde
7. The Monarch Hotel
8. Never Relief
9. I Love My Problems
10. Dead Pigeon Tricks
11. Victims of No Ambition