Menomena Moms on 2LP + MP3 Coupon
During the last decade, Menomena has become its own reference point. From hooks wrapped around plummeting baritone saxophone lines and nearly inhuman rhythms to serpentine lyrical frameworks and high-concept album art, Menomena has established a singular and unmistakable aesthetic.
No one else sounds quite like this band. Following the release of their breakthrough album Friend and Foe and 2010’s acclaimed Mines, co-founder Brent Knopf departed to focus on his solo project, causing Justin Harris and Danny Seim, close friends since high school and now well into their second decade of making music together, to recast Menomena as a duo.
The result, Moms, explores both a new vulnerability and resiliency within Menomena, a band that’s taken change not as an excuse to opt out but instead as a catalyst for growth. It’s tragic and intimate, comic and endearing, personal and motivated. In 10 songs and just less than 50 minutes, Harris and Seim cast pop cascades into noise kaleidoscopes (“Baton”), chop and twist a melody until it becomes a big dance beat (“Capsule”), and build inescapable arrays of tension and texture that finally release (“Tantalus”).
Opener “Plumage” couples its surge of energy with a cleverly playful study of sexuality, while “Pique” turns the same sort of seemingly impossible tessellated-rhythm tricks that have become a Menomena trademark. Album art by noted painter and sculptor Dan Attoe. 2LP pressing with MP3 coupon from Barsuk Records.
Menomena Moms Track Listing:
5. Heavy Is As Heavy Does
9. Don’t Mess With Latexas
10. One Horse