Boston-based Euphonic play a
brand of organ-driven rock-funk that gives their music a more upbeat atmosphere
than the surreal, vocabulary-rich lyric sheet might suggest. Although the words
are pointed à la Cap'n Jazz or early Modest Mouse, the music grooves
like moe., and the band glide from biting lyrics into spacy jams the most
diehard hippie could appreciate. On "Parachute," in particular, the lyrics are
spit and spoken but Doug Marttila's organ and Brian K. McGuire's note-bending
bass take the edge off.
A sense of satire comes through in take-the-country-back-from-the-Establishment
lines like "the red-nosed men on the high royal hill are coming to conclusions
but they must not write one tasty page of this story." And "Precognition," the
album highlight, embodies Euphonic's tongue-in-cheek paranoia, as vocalist
Patrick Nelson croons "Do you really want to know the future?" over samples of
instructions in clairvoyancy from The Basic Principles of Kreskin's ESP.
Like the rest of Neapolitan, "Precognition" is also pocked with little
bits of Ted Pyne's melodic guitarwork -- which may make you wonder what would
happen if Marttila gave the keys a rest for a few minutes.
-- Kristen O'Toole