In April, Sub Pop's head A&R man, Tony Kiewel, was talking to Paige Richmond about Avi Buffalo when he said, "Bands are made on the backs of one song, and you've got [to have] a few more behind it that are very good to make you more than a one-hit wonder." Since then, I've been thinking that way - or at least keeping an ear out for this - in the context of albums. There is a huge divide between an album of good, listenable songs, and one with a handful of tasty standouts--or even just one--that elevate an otherwise descent, but forgettable record, above the heap, providing something to look forward to, and ultimately improving the middle tracks along the way.
Portland's Brothers Young have a pair of such tracks--"Disorient the Night" and "Devon's Song"--on their Good People EP. The tracks are wrapped in four, Shins-meets-David Byrne bits of indie pop, weaned on the same bitter waters that brought us the kids in Menomena. It's one of the more accessibly adventurous records-- seemingly from a batch of experimental rock junkies dead set on making something as listenable to the audience as satisfying to the artist--that's crossed this desk in a long time.