“Summer Dress,” Meat Mountain’s opener, brings to mind Yeasayer’s keyboard-aided bouncers, with sporadic saxophone bleats and other sonic goodies adding texture to the hypnotic employment of bass and drums. “Still Got Pull,” another of the EP’s five songs, has a slightly darker edge, making deft use of clanging guitar drones amid its spacier use of rhythms.
Best of all is the ambiguously titled “Not About It,” which opens with a dreamy, mood-altering vibe that brings to mind early-’80s Peter Gabriel before morphing into something else entirely, an ebb-and-flow wonder highlighted by the intertwining, largely lyrically unintelligible vocals of Dennis and drummer Todd Miller. It’s an unexpected turn, which is what this sometimes-hazy band delivers in spades.
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