eric.lisausky Where's The Bananas? (Self-released)
In case you want to know, Eric Lisausky is the brains behind YOU, an Albuquerque-based prog-rock band that absolutely established a new standard of spaced-out, stony sounds emanating from the high desert. Lisausky trucked out to Califas to continue his heady affair with rocanrol music and this is one of the results. Overall, the tone here is skewed toward snarky but still happy. On “Absorbed,” a dreamy idyll comes apart before reconstructing itself as a closing reference that segues into further musical deconstructions that are surprisingly snappy, even for someone whose brain is baking in the California sun. These are carefree tracks, and “Roach In My Pocket” tells a Blattodean tale without resorting to a sonic description of Kafkaesque miseries—totally rocking out while demonstrating mastery of a still-slippery craft. The whole album is like that, tempered with an implied self-derision that rescues itself over and over with cold-ass jams like “Perpetual Downer.” The cover art by Alibi alum Jesse Phillips reflects the elusive surrealism that inhabits each of the tracks. Those might initially be mistaken for whimsy, but when Lisausky shows his teeth (which is quite frequently on this record) he is all business, me intiendes?