If necessity is the mother of invention, then boredom is its long-lost uncle. Having grown bored with the present state of indie music, the experimentalist, postrock three-piece Empire State found inspiration by building their own instruments. Dr. Seuss-like contraptions such as “whirling xylo-cans” and “oscillator boxes” intermingle with more traditional fare on their second release on Warm records, “Eternal Combustion.” The result is an unconventional mix of dreamy pop, hypnotic electronica and bizarre instrumentation.
Hailing from college-music mecca Athens, Georgia (birthplace of R.E.M., the B-52’s and a past home base for the Butthole Surfers), members Alex McManus (Vic Chesnut, Lambchop) and brothers Tim and Jay Nackashi (Beekeeper) approach their music in much the same way they make their instruments — collecting the modern, traditional and obscure and then welding them all together into one coherent idea.
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