It’s been four years since their last record, Being No One, Going Nowhere. Seven years since Miracle Mile. This release does not mark a turning point, a creative shift or even a sixth attempt to stun the critics. In a way, this is great news. As a line on the seventh track “Palm Reader” goes, “Why should I try?”
Joshua Hodges and the band have an intentionally zen approach. It’s organic pop that avoids genres. It carries some weight but not too much. It’s often danceable but not frenetically. As I was listening, I was surprised to find myself on the last track. You don’t digest it…you let it hang around with you.
STRFKR records are confections. They’re desserts but not pure sugar. I never feel guilty for playing them and I never stop to check the calorie count.