No News is Bad News. Join the SA Current Press Club.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Heads Sits Upside Down on the Top of the Head

Posted on Wed, Feb 13, 2008 at 4:00 AM

The Heads Sits Upside Down on the Top of the Head
Composer: Buttercup
Conductor: Buttercup
Label: Bedlamb
Release Date: 2008-02-13
Rated: NONE
Media: CD
Length: EP
Format: Album
Genre: Indie Rock

When Buttercup plotted their three-EPs-in-a-year crusade to bring extreme productivity back to music, The Head Sits Upside Down on the Top of the Head was conceived as the weird finale. In much the same way that Rufus Wainwright shaved the inaccessible, anti-pop stuff off Want One and loaded it onto Want Two, The Cup surely figured that the maniacally disembodied vocals of “Blackwater” and Japanese newgrass creepiness of “Sleep With Me” might best be left off Captains of Industry.

As the self-consciously odd stepchild of the trio, The Head could have been an off-putting indulgence, but it’s the perfect punctuation mark on the band’s year of relentless work because it jumps out of the speakers with a no-rules sense of liberation, wedded to the band’s ever-escalating sense of confidence with the recording process.

For all of the times The Head turns Buttercup’s music on its head, there are many moments of pure-pop beauty: the luxurious block harmonies of “Sleep With Me”; the contrapuntal, three-not instrumental figure from ”For Dear Life,” which recalls Lindsey Buckingham’s guitars-sped-up-to-sound-like-harpsichords experiments on Tusk; and the pulsating, surf-beat groove of “Cure For the Cure.”

Inevitably, however, the band follows such moments with sonic jolts, such as Joe Reyes’s outrageously dirty guitar explosion immediately after the harmony bath on “Sleep With Me.”

It’s a testament to the strength of this nine-song disc that you don’t think of it as a mini-album or a truncated stop-gap. It’s a fully developed piece of work that deftly picks up where its EP predecessors left off, and also stands firmly on its own head.

Gilbert Garcia

Tags: ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Speaking of Place

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 18, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation