Early in the first track on Scattered Smothered Covered
, the new album by Appetite, Teddy Briggs sings, ''songs keep writing themselves'' and the resulting collection of music seems to do exactly that. It is a testament to the sense of musical ease and fluency this 27-year-old Californian creates with this record. Originally conceived as a project to, as Briggs simply puts it, ''try and make songs all by myself,'' Appetite has flourished on this new disc, conjuring songs buoyed by a spirit that vibrates with the influences of downtempo electronica, hip-hop, Tropicalia, and the far-reaching sonics of Can, early Mercury Rev, and certain shades of Beck. These are songs that reveal layers upon layers for the headphone listener or just provide a nice bed of gorgeous sound for you to rest upon.