Their songs are very whimsical and arty, and this sets them apart from any brother duo I can recall. They come from the pop side of the tracks, but have punk, art and dada rock very audible in their backgrounds, and less of the country, folk or bluegrass orientation that one is infinitely more likely to find.
Murdered is their fourth full-length release together, though each has also released several side projects, annotated in our conversation. Thom and Greg were very engaging and eloquent people. They have a balanced and almost puzzlingly easygoing approach to their very singular music, which is quite unto itself and rather shockingly good.
Although their ability to make immaculately sparse and pristine recordings is truly arresting, their melodic bent also calls for more orchestration (maybe strings, rather than a combo, for instance) to my ear, and we hope to soon hear more fleshed-out arrangements of their music in the future.
This record was made in Grass Valley, CA, with Jhon Renoir, the grandson of the legendary painter. It certainly promises to be one of our favorite records this year.