The return of Ponytail’s giddily spastic quirk-rock may help break the self-serious dubstep doldrums some beat-phobic blogreading friends of mine have experienced this last half-year or so. “Celebrate The Body Eclectic…” was a similar palette cleansing lead single Ponytail’s last time out, that one clocking in at over seven minutes; at just under six minutes “Easy Peasy” is a little more concise, or perhaps a little less idea-stuffed, than that. Which is not to say it is lacking ideas, or that it is particularly concise: again Ponytail find a way to make sprawling riff-vamps, oddball song structures, and child-like, often unintelligible yipping/speaking/singing fit together like very logical aesthetic choices. There are tempo shifts and busy drum fills, guitars that noodle purposefully and shimmer around the basic central chord movement, and just enough words sung clearly to give a sense of what they’re on about: “Why… always running out of time.” Big question, and maybe the reason this one never does hit seven minutes.
Do Whatever You Want All The Time is out 4/12 via We*Are*Free.