Apostle of Hustle - National Anthem of Nowhere (2007)

Simply put, this is catchy rock with a cuban influence and glitchy inflection.

Complexly put... the three-piece syncopate, each musician playing something very individual but managing to blend tastefully as one band, resulting in a sound which suggests that they are much larger than three. This sound is full of catches, hooks and killer riffs. The guitarist and singer - also a member of Broken Social Scene - spent time studying in Cuba, an influence echoed in this album through latin-sounding riffs and voicings. Lastly, and what ultimately hits me hard about this album, is its exploration of digital experimentation... like Radiohead a la Kid A, we hear trippy vocal edits, glitchy drum beats, and other sounds we can't quite account for, all tastefully and sparingly used.

I like it, you should too.

One Response so far.

  1. ill! says:

    i like this. at times a bit too indie rock for my tastes, but it sounds so compelling... definitely a grower.

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