Methyl Ethyl’s sophomore release on record label 4AD delivers a punchier and more direct set of tunes than the band’s debut record. Everything is Forgotten blends psych-pop energy with indie rock charm in a simultaneously refreshing and familiar way. This project’s few contributors may be misleading as the sounds and technicality of the tracks fronts as much more grandiose. The entire record was written and produced by band leader, Jake Webb, with a few contributions from other members, adding additional synths or co-production.
Opening with the driving synth and infectious bassline on “Drink Wine,” Everything is Forgotten establishes a mood from the very beginning. Webb’s seemingly androgynous voice accurately croons about wine’s magical ability to get those who indulge in the liquid courage to open up and speak the truth to our lovers and friends. The second track, and the second single from the album, is about as good as an indie-pop single gets, in my opinion. With a nocturnal atmosphere, catchy lyrics, and a hand-clap beat, this track is definitely an album highlight. Taking place post-break up, the narrator seems to see their ex-lover everywhere they go, and the refrain of “Why’d you have to go and cut your hair?/Why’d you cut your hair?” seems to suggest the protagonist cut their hair as a symbolic representation of the ending of that relationship. The repetition of this refrain perfectly encapsulates the narrator’s obsessive attitude towards the song’s protagonist.
The rest of the album offers up rhythmic psych-rock gems, with highlight tracks being “Femme Maison/One Man House,” “L’Heure Des Sorcières,” “Groundswell,” and “Summer Moon.” Elements of 60s female pop on “Femme Maison” is updated with a deep bassline and a summery keyboard element reminiscent of recent Springtime Carnivore work. The song eventually transforms shape into a swelling, fuzzy synth storm that showcases the band’s diverse influences. “L’Heure Des Sorcières” and “Summer Moon” are both groovy tracks with spooky, danceable hooks and a sensual atmosphere that balance Jake Webb’s nagging vocals.
Unfortunately, this album ends on a bittersweet note, as the last few tracks are decent, but inessential. “Weeds Through the Rind” and “Schlager” do have elements of the previous song’s greatness, but the effort put into each one seems less passionate. This record is a great moment for music in 2017, and would definitely suggest this record to anyone looking for something new.
Recommended If You Like: Tame Impala, #1 Dads, MGMT
Recommended Tracks: 2 (Ubu), 1 (Drink Wine),
Do Not Play: None
Written by Scott Knettle on 04/19/2017