The intellectual indie band around mastermind Robert Pollard belongs to the pioneers of Lo-Fi and is still regarded as an insider tip even after twenty albums. Since 2011 they have been on the road again at full speed after a hiatus. The new CD offers seventeen song miniatures, as always played according to the motto "in the brevity lies the spice" to the point. Extraordinarily intelligent songwriting and stylistic diversity form the compass that leads through the rough patchwork cosmos. "Xeno Pariah" opens with original, unpolished sixties Britpop. "Islands (She Talks In Rainbows)" combines Byrds singing with indie rock. "Send To Celeste" turns Folkpunk into a spherical anthem and the "Sir Garlic Breath" blows raw folk through the amplification system. All kinds of curiosities are once again filmed here with a punk attitude through the Lo-Fi-Wolf. "Biographer Seahorse" sounds like stoned sailor blues, "Birds" like Proto-R.E.M. With the parade piece "The Sudden Death Of Epstein's Ways" with its bittersweet chorus you also have a beatlesque smouldering song in the colorful program.
Top track: The Sudden Death Of Epstein's Ways