Los Doggies are a clever and talented band out of New Paltz. Although the music is intelligent, it is still catchy, and the lyrics are dramatically and confidently lighthearted. Veering from alt-jammy, David Byrne-like grooves to intricate, proggy pop, the songs are long but interesting and angular enough to hold your attention. If you think you would enjoy singing along to a chorus of “What’s your favorite formula? Mine equals mc2,” then this record is for you. But if tongue-in-cheek lyrics are not your thing, there is plenty else to imbibe. Formed by singer-guitarist brothers Jesse and Evan Stormo, the band has a creative bent on the art of songwriting. The brothers’ knack is in taking each piece to new levels while staying true to the original incarnation. The songs are complex but accessible.
I can’t help wanting to recommend this album as a hipster-friendly children’s record. However, sexually charged songs like “Vulva” might give even the most progressive parents pause. Tonally, the record could have used more warmth and the busy lyrics can be overwhelming at times, but these are minor gripes. Hard-working and accomplished musicians, Los Doggies are as versatile as they are confident. One imagines them at their best live, where the raw, Steve Malkmus-influenced angles would outshine the Phishy flavor of the recording. And hopefully the female guest vocalist would get a bit more time on the mike. www.losdoggies.com.