Dreamy sigh…oh, the Starlight Mints. Norman, Oklahoma represent!
The jangly guitar enters from the start of “Pumpkin” and the first words are so memorable: “Tra la la la…” It’s so sick, as in, I’m going to throw up because it’s so sweet sounding. Allan Vest’s falsetto reaches new heights here than on his previous record, the chord changes are wild and crazy and unpredicatble, the lyrics strange and weird yet funny.
“Torts” keeps up the fun mood, but it goes haywire with track three, “Inside of Me.” A piano chromatic crazy run down from the top of the keys to the body starts the song, flowing into a driving riff of minor chords that strangely extremely happy.
“Seventeen Devils” by itself almost makes buying the whole album worth it.
“Rhino Stomp” sounds like a rhino stomping around. A rhino in a candy store, who is about to get shot with a water gun filled with chocolate. I don’t really know where I’m going with this descrition…next song!
“The Killer.” The one truly downbeat track that is just downright pretty. I tried figuring it out on guitar without too much success (hint: capo on third fret), but other than that I can’t figure it out. Awesome song though.
“Eyes of the Night” is also a fun one. They played it live at the NMF, along with other neatness.
OK, I don’t really want to go throught the rest of the album. But take my word for it, Drowaton is great. As I said in the concert review earlier, the Starlight Mints are like a sugar-coated Pixies with a pyschedelic twist playing in a land of candy, with the threat of a thunderstorm in the distance.
Also: new album coming out in June! It’s called Change Remains.