"Night of Lonely Zombies," from Locusts of Egypt's sophomore effort, Fondness, could easily be a long-lost '70s power-pop song; it also recalls the sound that Elephant 6 became known for in the '90s. Meanwhile, Jim Angell and Eugenia Appelhaus's higher-register vocals and the way they sit in the mix call to mind Big Star and Mercury Rev. This album didn't come out of Memphis, but it has that gritty, frayed-musical-roots quality that makes so much of that city's music so inexplicably compelling. Is it alt-country? Is it psychedelic? Is there some gospel influence here? Yes to all that and more. With Fondness (which the band will release on November 23 at the Sidewinder Tavern), Locusts of Egypt has created something contemplative yet visceral, soothing yet vibrant.
““Fondness,” the sophomore album from the multi-instrumental, genre-bending Denver band Locusts of Egypt, could be seen as a musical study of contrasts. Just as listeners settle in to a jangly pop song, or a lush ballad with sustained organ, or an acoustic guitar accompanied by a very Parisian accordion, the band will add an element that at first seems discordant yet ultimately fits perfectly. “Broken Record,” available for download below, begins with an organ and a standard drumbeat before adding an odd sliding melody that sounds like an out-of-tune kazoo. Then, as the song builds, heavy guitars spike through the solemn sound, before ending washed in feedback. On the album, this song leads in to “Josie’s Cabin,” a song featuring banjo, harmonica, and a vocal melody reminiscent of Neil Young. In fact, much of Locusts of Egypt’s music could be described as Neil Young in a very Thurston Moore mood.”