Strangeness In Proportion – Strangeness In Proportion
Strangeness In Proportion chooses a defiant attitude with the folk punk style of their self-titled effort. Incredibly immersive, Strangeness In Proportion proves to be an incredible storyteller as the tracks touch upon a poetic narrative of sorts. By stripping things down to the absolute essentials, the pieces radiate with an intimate sensibility. Guitar work feels particularly lovely as nothing becomes overdone. The balance between it all allows for a spacious quality, one that at times has a dreamy atmosphere. Nothing overstays its welcome for Strangeness In Proportion works best with its vignette approach. The DIY nature along with the direct emotional appeal at times recalls some of Meat Puppet’s earlier, quieter releases.
A jagged electric guitar introduces the album with the Archers of Loaf inspired directness of “Scratched Record”. Small details make a big difference on the regal “Hemingway” where the horns lend it a little bit of grace. Playfulness comes to define the spirited trip of “Asthmatic Starts Smoking”. Energy pours out of the aptly named “Coffee Shop Song” a faithful ode to the joys of a hyper-caffeinated life. Rebellious and rollicking with its urgency Strangeness In Proportion opts for a full-bodied sound with “I Hate My Friends Part 2”. Easily the highlight of the album comes with the ambitious sprawling scope of “Temporary Palaces In Imaginary Places”. Perfectly concluding the album, the gracious piano of “The End” offers a meditative mood.
With their self-titled album, Strangeness In Proportion explores the anxiety and desire that makes life truly worth embracing.