For all the geeky shit.
The press materials for Royal Forest’s new record Spillway say this about the band: “For all the geeky shit, Royal Forest is awfully listenable.” I think that about covers it.
I love bands like this, bands that cater in weirdness that never quite goes off the rails. Not going off the rails provides a tension, a twinge that the song will go off the rails. In Royal Forest’s case, they use the musical vocabulary pioneered by Morphine and Flaming Lips to come up with something bright and dark, heavy and light. It’s like the air before a thunderstorm, unsettled but not uncomfortable.
Spillway is out now on King Electric Record Company.