Pfarmers - The Ol' River Gang

Ok, so this one blindsided me a bit, and has got me pretty hyped at the same time. Pfarmers, the unexpected (but fully welcomed) project of Bryan Devendorf (Drummer of The National), Danny Seim (Menomena) and horn player Dave Nelson (who has worked with David Byrne & St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens), have joined forces as Pfarmers, and announced their debut album Gunnera.

The first song shared 'The Ol' River Gang' opens and sounds ominous as all hell, and it's just unexpected gem that highlights each member's individual talents. Perhaps what I like most about it though is that nowhere in the press release is the band labelled a 'supergroup', and it promises to sound unlike any of the member's previous work.

It's not completely free from ludicrous statements however, as the album, according to Seim, is "about a dream I had where I'm reluctantly accepting a fear of drowning by focusing on being reincarnated as a giant Gunnera plant, which thrive on the banks of rivers (specifically the Jordan River i.e. the Biblical promised land) after I paint myself gold and sink to the bottom like the El Dorado of South American folklore."

Yeah, like I said, this project has been somewhat unexpected, but I am very eager to hear more.

McCabe.