New Music! Brown Recluse preps new EP for Slumberland

MP3: "Contour and Context" -

Brown Recluse formed in 2006 around the core of Timothy Meskers and Mark Saddlemire. Takinginfluence from the psych pop of The Zombies and Margo Guryan, the tropicalia of Os Mutantes, and60s producers like Joe Meek and Phil Spector, the two recorded the bulk of the six-song BlackSunday EP. A brilliant blast of pop invention, Black Sunday easily rates as one of our favoriterecords of the last five years. It's blend of blinding songcraft, skilled arrangements and gorgeousplaying is an absolute joy; it's rare to hear a record so assured from such a young band.

2006 and 2007 saw the duo expand to a six-piece live band that played numerous shows on theeast coast, writing new material and winning new fans along the way. The fact that they've playedwith bands as varied as The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, Tyvek, Dirty Projectors, Matt and Kimand Meneguar gives some indication of the wide-reaching influences this band takes in. The SoftSkin EP was recorded in mid-2007; after some delays with the original release, we're very excited tobe able to bring it you on Slumberland Records. The four songs show an increasingly confident fullbandline-up stretching out and reaching a new plateau. A pastoral, psychedelic vibe permeates theEP, bringing to mind the sunshine pop of Curt Boettcher's The Millennium/Sagittarius projects, andsuch familiar touchstones as Brian Wilson, Belle & Sebastian, The Clientele and the Elephant 6collective. This is pretty heady company to keep, but perfectly-realized songs like "Night Train" and"Rainy Saturday" more than hold their own.