The Armoires – Incognito
The Armoires’ latest offering is a self-described ‘culmination of a six-month “secret project” that saw the Burbank quintet release a series of singles under fictitious band names, experimenting with their own identity in order to rediscover themselves’. Incognito is diverse by it’s very nature and a great deal of fun to listen to.
The acoustic start of “(Just Can’t See) The Attraction” makes it immediately appealing as it carries us through the story of a relationship not entirely understood. “Bagfoot Run” is a wonderful surprise, taking the listener on a trip that starts out at “Ballroom Blitz”. Then the banjo, fiddle and piano take over and we find ourselves half way to Deliverance.
There are some terrific covers, too – The Armoires’ take on 20/20’s “The Night I Heard a Scream” may be my favorite song in this collection. It’s got the requisite jangle and wonderful harmonies. They give us a refreshing new take on XTC’s “Senses Working Overtime” as well.
There are contributions from some impressive names such as Blake jones, The Corner Laughers, Peter Watts, Dolph Chaney, Chris Church, Jon Melkerson, Nathaniel Myer, Chaney, Jones, and Julian Moss. And while Karen Basset, Derek Hanna and Steve Coulter each take a turn on drums, John Borack dominates in his debut as the band’s definitive drummer on the majority of the album’s songs. And as always, Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome steer the ship.
For folks who have trouble keeping up with singles (that’s me!), collections such as this one are a wonderful surprise. Pick up your copy of The Armoires’ Incognito at the Big Stir website. GET IT HERE.