Hungry Hands - Plumb Restless
Unusually good-looking (their description found in their bio and I agree) Brooklyn based band, Hungry Hands' debut album, Plumb Restless, meets the listener's ears with several genres wrapped into one- 70's classic rock (Rolling Stones and Steely Dan), 80's punk (Ramones), 90's alt-rock (Fountains of Wayne, They Might Be Giants) and 00's pop (Jason Mraz, Coldplay). Much like the triangularly-created suited gentleman might want to rid himself of the conservative clothing and break free on the cover, you "flee" for over 60 minutes cleanly into another world as the album plays as a cohesive package. Hearing the record all the way through, the movie "Lost In Translation", following two lost souls in a foreign land, popped into my head and several songs from this could have easily fit on that soundtrack.
Alternating tempos frequently, there are a few danceable rock tracks including "Arrow", "Highline" and radio-friendly "Scratch the Itch". As you might expect on a song called "Slow Legs", they-y-y-y-y do slow things down and drift hazily into Three Dog Night "One (Is The Loneliest Number)" sounding territory, including a great line like "thought you could outrun your past with present ways". "Grapes" which might be sweet, sour or full of wrath, follows and provides some food for thought. Hypnotizing "Little One", a song about fighting battles in vain, gently brings the album to a close. There's no "second guessing" Plumb Restless is an impressive debut.
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