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Spanspek Album Review: Natural Thrills - I Used To Dance At Weddings

Que dicen amigos?!  I just got done eating a pretty dang good bowl of spaghetti!  I hope your day is just as full of noodle goodness.

Our next album is the great new EP from Fresno/New York indie math rockers Natural Thrills!
Natural Thrills
I Used To Dance At Weddings

On their 2012 self-titled debut Natural Thrills amazed with its command of fluctuating time signatures and constantly changing structures.  While those elements still remain, the elegant I Used To Dance At Weddings adds a slightly somber mood to the proceedings.  A lot of this is due to frontman Kaleb Saldate, pulling triple duty once again as the singer/keyboardist/drummer for the trio.  While previous efforts frequently show Saldate leading the charge with his charismatic drumming, this outing finds him occasionally holding back, letting the dextrous hands of guitarist Justin Rodriguez tell their story.   There's no better example of this than in "Every Damn Time", in which Rodriguez strikes plaintive notes wholly evocative of the slumbering motorists depicted in Saldate's lyrics.

That brings up another fascinating aspect of this album.  At every turn, Saldate's lyrics seem to question the very nature of what a songwriter should sing about.  On "Terror From The Martian Planet! Pt. IV" Saldate literally comments on the song at hand, going so far as to introduce the "...catchy chorus part" right as it occurs.  It's unclear whether Saldate means to poke fun at the songwriting process, or if he just doesn't care about what he's saying.  Whatever the case may be, Saldate's words offer an altogether compelling narrative, ripe for discussion.

In adding elements of melancholy to their usual knotty time signatures and tongue-in-cheek verses, Natural Thrills have created yet another must listen record that delights as it intrigues.
For more information on Natural Thrills, just visit their webpage!  It's full of everything!

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