Casimer & Casimir - "O Sweet Joe Pye" (stream)

by Maria Schurr

10 October 2013

Casimer Pascal and Vincent Casimir are an uncle/nephew duo, but they are as far away from LMFAO as you can get. In fact, Casimer & Casimir are so good at creating buoyant, timeless-sounding pop songs that even a passing mention of something as silly as that acronymed duo feels ridiculous.

“O Sweet Joe Pye” may have little company in the field of songs that are odes to weeds, but this makes the tune all the more stunning. Artists continue to use Motown motifs to varying effects, but its employment here gives the song additional layers. The good-natured, invigorating feel of the music gives Pascal’s memories of growing up in a decaying Detroit a sugar-coating that’s wholly satisfying if a little addictive.

I’ve listened to “O Sweet Joe Pye” three times today, and could easily go for three more this afternoon.

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