EP (2005, Formula
is wonderful indie rock unfettered by pretension and pomp. "Candy
Cabbage" scores with its guitar-centric melodies culminating
in a catchy, sing-along chorus. It's the concise, accessible nugget
of indie rock that Modest Mouse took 6 albums to find. "Hot
Springs" is a proper instrumental, finding a nice melodic line,
then revamping it each time through the cycle, finally exploding
at the end. "Heep" and "Econoline" are slower
numbers (though "Econoline" does employ the age-old quiet/loud
dynamic), but the guitar is prominent and confident in its restraint.
The singer's semi-cotton mouth drawl sounds even more like the points
of reference here: Damien Jurado, J Mascis, and an unproduced Isaac
Brock. "Kmart" ends the EP in clichéd acoustic
fashion, but lo-fi strumming and hand-clap percussion wins points
with me, so all is well that ends well.
I'll admit there's
tough competition about, but this disc is among the finalists for
best "under the radar" release of 2005.