Capybara: Dave Drusky

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Kansas City wunderkind, Capybara have today released their second full length album, Dave Drusky through The Record Machine. Their last release Try Brother, made them indie-darlings equivalent to Zooey Deschanel, but it seems the group is struggling a bit with their sophomore follow up.
While the dreamy atmospheres we all loved from Try Brother, is as present as ever, in fact expanded on production-wise, it comes at a loss to over-all direction. I find myself getting lost from one track to the next, wondering where the first ended and the last one began. Another troubling aspect is the meandering presence of the album’s single, “Late Night Bikes.” Traditionally, the single, especially the first single to be released is meant to pull you into the album, inspire curiosity and intrigue, and give you a flavor of the chops for the whole album. Maybe these days where a casual fan is much more likely to download a single rather than purchase the album, the importance of the single takes a backseat. Either way, “Late Night Bikes,” fails to generate much more than an ambivalent shrug, and that seems to be a perfect relation of the album as a whole.
The tracks are neither happy nor sad, neither energetic nor lagging, and come complete with titles that suggest nothing towards the motivation behind the subject. As well, the lyrics are often muddied behind the music, and seem to create nothing but confusion. And I get it, there’s not much to be gained when art is immediately apparent, but at the same time being purposely obscure has never been a great outlet for relevancy.
I don’t want to be too negative though. The music can be quite lovely, especially on tracks like “Pierre Bensusan,” and “Ruby Eyelids” with the jingle-jangle guitars and echo laden vocals, however, it still isn’t enough to carry an entire album.
Rating: 5.5/10
Download: Capybara “Wild”
Buy: iTunes or iTunes