Tom Brosseau has always had a peculiar knack for melody that many of his peers do not. Learning from the school of Leonard Cohen, his melodies never quite go in the direction that the average listener’s mind would take them. This became apparent on first listen to his new single “You Don’t Know My Friends”, a barrage of lo-fi guitars and overloaded drums, much different from his quiet affairs on previous recordings. Although the recording is full of racket, the vocals are still crisp and take what would have been an otherwise bland, fuzzed-out guitar structure, and meld it into something special. Not to mention the single’s insanely clever lyrical content, i.e. “Looking gaunt and living on beans and rice / I’m beginning to laugh like Vincent Price.” Brosseau’s new record, Posthumous Success, is full of these moments that bring driving melodies, lyrical wit, and an unusual sonic palette together for moments of rarefied beauty.
“You Don’t Know My Friends” [MP3]