The Sandwitches: Duck Duck Goose EP Review
There are some albums that I really like that for whatever reason I don’t get around to reviewing. Some get lost in the shuffle, some I just can’t find the words; while others I find them so late in the game that it would be redundant to give my two cents. One album that I still go back to quite a bit that I wish I had reviewed when I first got it is the last full length from The Sandwitches, the excellent How to Make an Ambient Sadcake.
Their debut LP was a record that I could not believe did not resonate with a larger audience, with its homespun, wispy folk and down home rock and roll (I mean, c’mon, She and Him sell out shows across the country and it was a much better record than either albums from that group). The music was easy to like and chalk full of strong melodies, but didn’t seem to take the easy way out like so much pop music does. While I missed out on reviewing their debut LP, I am not going to make the same mistake with their latest EP, Duck Duck Goose. While it is still good, the record is quite a bit different than their first. The songs seem a little darker, with the buoyant spirit from their LP replaced with a more paranoid and hypnotic structure that make this a perfect late night album. The EP is only six songs long (with the two title tracks actually being more background noise than songs), but it is a strong collection of tracks. The songs, especially “Baby Mine” and “Rock of Gibraltar,” sound like bruised hymns sung in the most beautiful, world weary voice. Where the last record was more upbeat and accessible, Duck Duck Goose is a record that will be a perfect complement to right situation (presumably something very low key).
I don’t know if Duck Duck Goose will be the album that gets this group attention, but hopefully it will. Although it definitely is a different experience than the debut album that made me like them so much, it is a record that shows to me that The Sandwitches are more than a flash in the pan. One can only hope this record will bring them to a bigger audience, who in turn will also discover their excellent debut LP and get this band the recognition they deserve.