Peter Walker (2016)
Every so often someone will send me a record to review and when I open it up, I'm just not sure what to make of it. That was definitely my reaction when I received this Jason Martin LP. Maybe I'm guilty of judging records by their cover from time to time, but when you present me with a dog in a power suit, I'm going to be grasping at what to expect. The only thing I figured was that the record would probably be weird.
It doesn't disappoint in that regard. Power Animal System Methods is definitely weird, but not really in a bad way. It's assembled in a ramshackle sort of way that reminds me of the carefree indie rock days of the 90's. Maybe Silver Jews meets Ween? There's certainly some pretty decent pop songs on the album like "Wolf People" and "My Blank Pages." Though there's also quite a few off kilter wacky songs with odd time signatures and kooky noises in the background.
It's not a bad record at all and at times it's pretty good for the sort of thiNG that Jason Martin seems to be going for. I can't imagine it is something I would listen to all that often, but you certainly can't say it's boring.
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