Stephen Malkmus continues to sound about 23 years old on Middle America. For both Malkmus and Jicks alike, it seems it will always be 1994, there or thereabouts. Only difference is, if this were a Pavement song it’d have a sick video like Cut Your Hair or Stereo and not just a still image of Malkmus on a horse in a cool duster-type coat.
I bet Lionlimb‘s Stewart Bronaugh gets sick of people making the Elliott Smith comparison based solely on the vocal similarity. So how’s this: Clover has a bit in the middle that sounds like He Poos Clouds–era Final Fantasy / Owen Pallett.
I wonder what he’s up to. Loved Heartland, not so much In Conflict.