Space Indians – [sounds of]

By Dusty Ray
Houston, we have a problem. There is no better phrase to describe the sense of discomfort brought on by listening to Space Indians’ new release, [sounds of].
This album is very uncertain of itself; it swings from lulling acoustic ballads into cacophonous noise, it buries itself in distortion while revealing light phrases of trumpet. Space Indians can be described as folk-deconstructionists, taking familiar melodies and comfortable harmonies and swiftly destroying them with the avant-garde.
“Another Man’s Shoes” has a disjointed, Captain Beefheart feel complete with raspy vocals and sludgy blues. “Follow Alice” presents competing rhythmic patterns and disorderly structure as the backing for a very straightforward and folksy melody; it’s like someone overlapped recordings of Frank Zappa and Jim Croce.
“These are Instructions” is a dark experiment with noise: Demonic ramblings lead on a symphony of abrasive dissonance sure to make any music teacher cringe.
Out of almost unlistenable noise there emerge gems of brilliance – songs that could find their way onto the radio – but Space Indians pull this rug out from under the listener without remorse.
Space Indians’ intentions are hard to pinpoint. [sounds of] definitely contains some pop-friendly tunes, but these must be dug out by the listener. Is it a statement about the music modern music industry? Is it just a couple of friends having fun? Space Indians leave this for the listener to decide.

Support Northern Colorado Journalism

Show your support for North Forty News by helping us produce more content. It's a kind and simple gesture that will help us continue to bring more content to you.

BONUS - Donors get a link in their receipt to sign up for our once-per-week instant text messaging alert. Get your e-copy of North Forty News the moment it is released!

Click to Donate