It’s kind of wonderful that with Mark Oliver Everett and his lifetime project Eels, somehow you always know what you’re getting and at the same time he takes turns you didn’t see coming.
His latest album is a good example: From the opening (and title track) “The Deconstruction“, Everett delivers a yet another record of profound, deeply grooving, pop songs decorated with violins and destined, like so many others, for movie soundtracks. A speciality of his since Eel’s debut record and it’s hit single „Novocaine For The Soul“.
The album is rich with dry grooves like „Bone Dry“ and classic songwriting from a man who who doesn’t need much more than an acoustic guitar, his voice and those trenchant, poetic lyrics.
Eels’ concerts on the other hand are a different matter: You know that you’ll get a bunch of great songs, but in past 10 years alone you could have had everything from a classic band line up to an Everett playing in sweatpants and a beard fit for a terrorist, to a man who takes you through the night, reading, singing and playing the piano.
What‘s it going to be in August? We won’t tell of course...