Very impressive stuff from Oneida multi-instrumentalist Bobby Oneida’s side project Nurse & Soldier, a “co-ed” psych-pop band comprising him and long-time collaborator Erica Fletcher. But where Oneida’s “psych” pulses and throbs, Nurse & Soldier’s wavers from hazed, fluid ballads to upbeat, synthed-out bubblegum pop. It’s a top to bottom record — too strong to be cast off as a pet project — so picking our favorite has been tough. This one, in all 1:37 of its glory, has been on a loop around here the past few days. Lovely stuff. (It’s short, so you’ll need to loop it, too.)
And if you missed it, here’s the album’s hypnotic lead track, repeating one keyboard figure and adding soft, squawking guitars; muffled vocals; and bizarre, synth melodies. Sorta strange, very cool.
Marginalia is out 1/23 on Jagjaguwar. Very worth it.