Old Abram Brown – Novelty Prize
New Hampshire indie rockers, Old Abram Brown, have a way of integrating the past into seams of their musical prose. Enter Novelty from their second full-length, Restless Ghosts. Old Abram Brown marches forward deliberately here. The lyric guitar, and piano push the down-beat in each measure. Note how the guitar is used more for rhythm than the drum, which adds only texture to the mix, until the bridge and remaining verses where the drums become the driving force. The drums at this point almost sound like U2 on Sunday, Bloody Sunday. I love the addition of the brass in the bridge too.