October 5, 2008

Human Highway - Moody Motorcycle (2008)

Chalk another one up for the mellow and melodic. Nick Thorburn, of Islands, The Unicorns, and a handful of other bands, teams up with another dude (Jim Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s grandson, according to people who know about these sorts of things) to put together pleasant harmonies over mostly soft, strummy guitar and sedated percussion. The Islandy, “All Day” comes across as an ode to lazy days spent soaking up rays on a chaise, while “Duties Of A Lighthouse Keeper” and “Get Lost” make me want to lounge around inside. The duo picks it up a bit with the pop tracks, “The Sound” and “Moody Motorcycle,” but never get too crazy. This is a nice sleepy album to supplement a cup of coffee and a nice big law book. Trust me.