Where is My Spaceship has released a new album called ‘mostly crocodile.’ David did a review of it, and you can check it out below.
Where is my spaceship, a project written for and fronted by Josh Evensen, released its first new music since December of 2010 this February. Moving away from the ambient experimental sounds of the loneliness (2010), Evensen has gravitated toward a more lyrically driven, folk-punk/garage rock feel in the latest release: mostly crocodile.
As soon as the record started, it sounded like a bad Front Bottoms cover. The inspiration behind it is very clear, however the execution, not as much. However, as I continued to listen to the record, I noticed some admirable qualities. The vocals, while not always the cleanest or traditionally ‘good’, have a very raw and real feeling behind them. (Think John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats) That feeling stems from the likewise raw and emotional lyrics. While sometimes very specific and very anecdotal, (Did someone say Front Bottoms influence?) they manage to be quite accessible. Evensen’s vocal quality seems to be the one thing that ties the record together and completes where is my spaceship‘s sound.
My favorite thing about this record was the lead guitar work. While including some impressive and technical riffing and solo work, the lead guitar stays tasteful and not overbearing. That quality, while it may not seem like it, is extremely rare lately. Without riffing too much and becoming overbearing, the lead guitar manages to add another layer and texture to the sound. The solos, while short and to the point, are very well executed, tasteful, and technically interesting. Some of the solos reminded me a lot of Ray Toro’s (My Chemical Romance) guitar work.
Despite the first rate lead guitar work, the rhythm section on this record was extremely boring. For most of the record, the rhythm guitar, bass, and drums sounded like they were playing overused and recycled patterns, ideas, and tones. However, there are some outliers. The 5th and 6th songs, “it wont be forever”, and “lemon heart” are interesting because of the use of feedback and the bass-charged element to them. Besides those two songs, (consequently my two favorite songs on the record) the rhythm parts were compositionally boring.
Overall, this record was mediocre. Would I spend the $7 that is being charged for it on bandcamp.com? No. Would I stream it again? Yes, but only to appreciate the lyrics, and the lead guitar work. If you like The Front Bottoms and The Mountain Goats, then you may like this record, but regardless, give it a listen.