A prolonged squeal of feedback announces the arrival of Double or Muffin and their self-titled debut album. The Seattle 4-piece are following up the January release of 2 songs that are included here, “Lion Mane” and “Selkie.”
Although the record starts out with the punchy, energetic “Principal Desire,” most of the songs prowl along at a self-assured, languid pace that fits the delightfully strutting, sneering vocals. The instrumentation is restrained, even sparse at times, demonstrating a deft hand at arranging in a way that serves a song instead of filling sonic space just because. The bass often takes center stage, creating a moodiness that lends a dark tone to songs that lyrically have a sharp sense of humor. The proto punk influence is deep in the veins of this album, sounding like it could be an unearthed gem from 1969.
The band keeps things swaggering right up until the last track, where the psych influences that weave throughout the record are fully let out to play in a storm of reverb. “Swing Away” clocks in just over 6 minutes, and acts as the stretching, unravelling opposite of track 1, providing a fantastic set of bookends to a fun, brash debut.
Double or Muffin is available on 11/26th on bandcamp, and you can catch the release show 11/27 at the Sunset.
Words//Sheri Foreman Photos//Melissa Wax