"New Equations For The Simple Mind" CD
Genres: folk-pop country-rock, indie rock,
1634 Lombard St., 2nd floor
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Apr 14 - 20 2003
while back I reviewed The Spectacular Fantastic's debut
album. It was good. Real good. I praised it
So here, on Cincinnati indie label Ionik Records, is TSF's
new album - New Equations For The Simple Mind. Actually
the solo effort of Mike Detmer (of Folk), TSF
creates tunes that sound as good and complete as those of full bands.
"Wake Me Up" is a moody, catchy rock song with infectious
melodies and a slightly eerie sound. "Depression" is a
dark, sorrowful track with a strong Songs: Ohia / Will
Oldham vibe. The hidden track, meanwhile, is a scorching
rock number with a slight country undertone. Fortunately, no
songs are letdowns.
With elements of pop, indie rock, country, and folk in his music, TSF's
Mike Detmer knows how to satisfy. Names as diverse as Will
Oldham, Sparklehorse, and Wilco are called to mind in an
album that seems never content to dwell on any one idea or
style. The only bad aspect here is the mental anguish borne from
the realization that New Equations For The Simple Mind isn't in
half the music collections it deserves to be.
The Spectacular Fantastic has proven himself to be an
amazingly solid musician, one that has created not one but two
very successful albums. If he keeps going at it, recognition
will soon follow. I can't wait until his entire back catalogue
ends up being distributed in record stores worldwide. Until
then, however, he will remain a classic example of the
under-recognized musical genius.
13 songs, distributed by the
label, released 2003]