Their new EP, Flashlights, is the follow-up to 2005’s Maps and Organs but is only four songs strong after the band took a nearly three-year break. The album’s opener, “Lamprey Eels,”’ sliding guitars and soft, raspy vocals carry like an Athlete B-side, while “Chopper” has a gratuitous drawn-out ending that goes on much longer than it should.
“Speckled Eggs” (their best track by far) is a direct offspring of Spoon and Ben Folds Five with catchy harmonies and even a little banjo thrown in. All in all, Flashlights is more of a first rate demo than an EP.
Flashlights is currently available.