Just as they do at their live shows, they transport you to another land, full of new and unusual sounds and surrealistic lyrics. Dripping with mood and always bolstered by a large and varied assortment of guest musicians on instruments like the violin, xylophone, wood blocks, cello, even a trombone, the sound is always surprising and unexpected. Zoe-Ruth's mastery of the keyboard and piano is the leading force along with the regular musicians who form the basic solids in the stew. Ali Nikou on guitar, Nathan Kondor on drums and Rob Hume on bass, but it's Zoe-Ruth's voice, and stage presence, that is just witchy and weird enough that she reminds me of Stevie Nicks.
Soaring melodies and graceful harmonies take off in the first song, "50 Fingers" who' s subject matter remains mysterious as you're lifted up by the clouds of music, the ascending chords wrapping you up in their atmosphere. Six songs later you're astonished at the range of skill and wanting more. Charlene Huang' violin and Cecilia Miller's cello are welcome additions to the orchestral nature of the compositions, both live and on the record. Ali Nikou recorded and mixed the record beautifully at Master Blaster Productions and it's rich and clear sound is at a highly professional level.
I don't know that I can single out favorites yet, but the variety of songs afford opportunity to explore, from the haunting "Fang" to the confrontational "Into a Landfill" to a kabuki-like "Strangling Tree" . I've come across a lot of wonderful music in the last few weeks, but this one is a stand out. It's music like this that keeps me thinking that Rock and Roll as a genre may only now be hitting it's creative apex. Or is that just a hallucination brought on by listening to this Little Red Lung record too much.