I became a big Guster fan with the release of their 1999 album, Lost and Gone Forever, but have found myself frustrated with subsequent records as the band’s once-prominent harmonies have faded (whither Adam Gardner?). Why am I telling you this now? Because “Green & Gold,” the leadoff track from the Honey Brothers‘ upcoming album Time Flies Like a Peach, is more Guster than Guster, and it had me leaning in as I listened, eager to hear more.
As a whole, the album hangs together surprisingly well, from its repeat-worthy opener to the bonus track, “Moonlight,” which sounds like a lost David Byrne solo side. The band’s bio says its music has a “whimsical, folky new-wave sound,” which is true, I suppose, although it doesn’t really do justice to the warmth of their harmonies or the deceptively intricate arrangements of the songs. There are a couple of tracks that didn’t grab me right away, but all things considered, this is one of the better records I’ve heard so far in 2012, and I’m sure I’ll be returning to it repeatedly over the coming months.
Time Flies Like a Peach is scheduled for an April 17 release. Listen to the full-length record below: