Oakland, California-based band The Heavenly States' new album entitled Oui Camera Oui
is a 7-track EP presenting photographs from a PTSD decade. Produced by the band with Bill Lefler (Gym Class Heroes) and mixed by John Agnello (The Hold Steady, Sonic Youth), Oui
is a collection of intense fragments of experience from a dystopian America, offering images culled from American trauma, overheard business disputes, misremembered events, moments captured in medias res, and an overarching moral ambiguity. True to its punk nature, the band continues to ingeniously use a simple everyday vocabulary to paint complex sonic and conceptual landscapes. Telescoped into an EP, these qualities have an amped intensity. The EP also features special guest appearances by friends and fans Britt Daniel
, and underground comic icon Eugene Mirman
(also of Flight of the Conchords
). This is the VINYL version - there is a CD version that is also available.
As panoramic as the work of such larger-than-life rock storytellers as The Who. --Magnet