Our favorite record cover since Swamp Tech.A personal favorite of this here OTD contributor, ALEC K. REDFEARN AND THE EYESORES are more than a mouthful — they’re accordion-driven carnival tunage for the name-your-favorite-itinerant apocalypse. We love how the Providence-based mini-orchestra-pit’s fifth and most recent full-length, The Smother Party (North East Indie), veers from cabaret massacres to drunken-sailor night frights to a foot-stomping post-folk sing-along, then culminates in the 23-minute instrumental cabaret-noise nomad opus “Gutterhelmet Ascending.” We love how the intro to "Choreboy and a Blowtorch" conjures up a mental screenshot of Amelie, if only because of the stupid sentimental reason that it's an accordion jig that makes us feel. But more than anything, we love how every song on this record feels (to us) like a movement in a gypsy symphony, insinuating an entire mini-drama within four -plus minutes, oscillating between various points on the emotional spectrum, and leaving us white-knuckled and panting and, ah, waiting to exhale.
Tonight Alec K. and his magic band celebrates the album’s release with 2% MAJESTY, MAGIC PEOPLE, and WILDLOVE at O’Brien’s, 3 Harvard Ave, Allston | 617.782.6245. (We will be there. Come by and say hi.)DOWNLOAD: Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores, "Valse II"