Duane Ruinowits is a mad man. The multi-instrumentalist/vocalist behind Waxahachie, also known as the closest thing to what it would sound like if Weird Al was the lead singer of Cake and specialized in jazz, is addictingly absurd and astonishingly talented in a way that hardly makes sense.
As a whole, Transitory Discontent is entirely musically ambiguous. "Where Are Some of the People I Used to Know?" is chock-full of abstract turns and twists, incorporating jazz-esque guitar with a video game mentality and the playful nature of anything by The Aquabats. Peel away the humor, however, and there's some serious musical chops to be found. "The Metaphysical Problems With Opposable Thumbs," for example, is upbeat and bouncing with what seems like three different guitar solos on top of each other.
Several of the tracks, such as "Not Quite The Already & Not Yet" and "Your Brother The Contrarian," feature a definite pop element that's blended into a minimalist rock smoothie that's experimental - conversations are used instead of actual vocals sporadically throughout - and quite simply bipolar as hell. This is music created and intended for people looking to checkout, disconnect and experience something totally new and out of sync with daily life: it's fun, quirky, smart and completely left up to interpretation.