Appendixes // Everyday Use
Recommended Track: Stolen
While the organ by the name of ‘appendix’ that calls the human body home may still have an as of yet-to-be-determined role, the band The Appendixes who call Portland, Oregon home have certainly determined theirs since they began on a reel-to-reel tape recorder back in 2012. As far as I’m concerned, dream-pop can be lovely but repetitive; The Appendixes are warming us up and slowly bringing us out of the glossy-eyed trance they left us in from their first release Neon Green Fear.
The trio, consisting of Eric Sabatino, Devin Welch and Beth Ann Morgan, are said to have originally based their music on David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. Without that helpful reference I think I would have struggled to get into the EP, but knowing where they’re drawing from confirms my affection. Everyday Use is slightly more polished and pronounced, but stems from the same wistful tree with the lo-fi static of daydreams. They show the same promise and potential as the infant careers of Mazzy Star, the Cocteau Twins and the Flaming Lips back before they were building spaceships in their OKC backyards. The five newly released tracks give the distinct impression you’re standing in a flower-spangled field in blaring orange sun as it begins to rain. That’s to say, an uncommon and delightful kind of peculiar.
Fifth and final track on this EP, “Stolen” seems to be the perfect fit for Jim Jarmusch’s 2013 film, Only Lovers Left Alive. Perhaps they’ve switched directors to take cues from? Regardless, the track is a stunning departure from their previous, less committal dream-pop songs. Look alive, The Appendixes are expanding in the best way.