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Humdrum 9/22/13 + Video

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  • Date Recorded: September 22, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Humdrum
  • Hosting Show: Mystery Train
  • Sound: Drew Freiberger
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

Just like a bag of Skittles or ragtag selection of beer, Humdrum's got a few distinct flavors that all go down infinitely better when pickiness is brushed aside for a quick binge.

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Vacillating from the toy instrument pop of Albert Hammond Jr.'s solo career to My Morning Jacket's r&b, the band's insouciance and delectability trace through each song.

The five St. Louis-based guys have been making progressive shoegaze pop -- they call it "art-damaged melodic indie pop" -- since 2009. Just hit play and let the always-right rhythm and constant fun the group's having make the next 15 minutes that much more succulent.

"Electric Dice" heavily utilizes a xylophone to underscore the waxing poetic on imagination. "Outer Space" ups the ante by forecasting a fate with the vast emptiness of the universe. The stuttering guitar and enveloping vocals make it sound like a fun field trip to resolution.

"All We Need" exposes the massive influence The Beatles have had on Humdrum, before opening into a wide-open sing-along, replete with a sudden two-stepping tempo. The introspective slow burner captures the notion of growing apart from one too many loved ones. The guys let loose on "Kaleidoscope" to wrap the set, completely fuzzing out the guitars and draining everything drummer Mic Boshans had left.

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