There are ways to experience music that transcend just aural stimulation. Bands who recognize this tend to make the best albums out there, which I like to think of as “headphone albums.” Much like this year’s Life Fantastic by Man Man or Nine Types of Light by TV on The Radio, they practice that yes, if you know what you’re doing, you can project what you want beyond a simple three-way set-up (guitar, bass, drums) in the most subtle, complex ways. Like a tree that blooms with multiple branches, there is much more fruit to pick.
Megaphone Barons’ short but very sweet album Menagerie will have you grabbing your headphones, closing your eyes, and biting into every savory chord it has to offer. Coming out of the gate like Newton’s Second Law, ”Send Somebody Else” starts the album out with fast paced licks reminiscent of Built to Spill and Dinosaur Jr. baked into a beautiful pie. Slowing down, “Soggy Ground” blooms from what should be a simple ballad into a heart wrenching tale that switches up on you when you least expect it.
The real beauty of the entire album is that you want to listen to it over and over again just to see what you missed the last time you let it take you away. With Megaphone Barons, you go beyond what is laid out for you and reach for the high hanging fruit.