5 Songs, 25 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After postpunk sonic terrors The Men surprised everyone with a dash of Americana flavoring on New Moon earlier this year, it should come as no surprise that the Brooklyn band decided to release a rough, acoustic batch of songs, recorded … around a campfire. While ensconced in a cabin in upstate New York recording New Moon, the guys took breathers in the outdoors; they unwound and entertained themselves in a most offhand way. There's no polish here, no big selling point. Campfire Songs merely reflects the playful stretching of a darn good rock band. The first two tracks appear in quite different forms on New Moon. There, “I Saw Her Face” is a jagged, noisy Crazy Horse–inspired monster; here, it’s a wooly and warm love song. On New Moon “The Seeds” is an amiable, folky number, and here it adds a ragged Johnny Thunders romanticism. When thrumming electric guitars somehow weave their way into “Turn Your Color” and “Patience”—lending the tracks a trippy, droney, psych-rock texture—we still don’t question the acoustic theme or title. Both songs sprawl and churn for their lifespans of more than six minutes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After postpunk sonic terrors The Men surprised everyone with a dash of Americana flavoring on New Moon earlier this year, it should come as no surprise that the Brooklyn band decided to release a rough, acoustic batch of songs, recorded … around a campfire. While ensconced in a cabin in upstate New York recording New Moon, the guys took breathers in the outdoors; they unwound and entertained themselves in a most offhand way. There's no polish here, no big selling point. Campfire Songs merely reflects the playful stretching of a darn good rock band. The first two tracks appear in quite different forms on New Moon. There, “I Saw Her Face” is a jagged, noisy Crazy Horse–inspired monster; here, it’s a wooly and warm love song. On New Moon “The Seeds” is an amiable, folky number, and here it adds a ragged Johnny Thunders romanticism. When thrumming electric guitars somehow weave their way into “Turn Your Color” and “Patience”—lending the tracks a trippy, droney, psych-rock texture—we still don’t question the acoustic theme or title. Both songs sprawl and churn for their lifespans of more than six minutes.

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