(B3nson Recording Company, 2009)
The opening “Mont Pleasant” – melancholy and moody – sounds like some forgotten Christmas carol-meets-the “Star Wars” theme, at least until the song slides right off the track, rhythmically speaking, on the coda.
On tracks like “Send It Out (That Way)” and “God Hands,” it sometimes sounds as if the vocals were recorded not only a room away from everything else, but in an altogether different zip code. Interestingly enough, that only seems to add another layer of depth and mystery to the intoxicating, drifting music.
Even when they venture off into the Land of Auto-Tune on “Alma Mater,” the duo manages to deftly balance left-of-center sonics with catchy pop. Nobody’s ever going to mistake this for T-Pain.