The Twilight Era
Ben London, former leader of Alcohol Funnycar, won’t be condemned for beating you over the head with his new band, Sanford Arms. Instead, the group’s low-key presentation — which at times harkens to the Pernice Brothers — is a lulling blanket of sound and word, full of wistfulness and longing while displaying a minor Flaming Lips sonic streak. On songs such as “Ocean,” electric piano, acoustic guitars and bells combine to create a surprisingly strong statement, considering the component parts. The entire record is like this: deeper than first impressions lead you to believe, with a muted urgency, or in the case of “Wallpaper,” not muted at all. This record doesn’t have a good beat, and you probably can’t dance to it. But you really won’t care. It sounds like smooth ice cream for the ears. Yumm.
Sanford Arms: www.sanfordarms.com