Listening to Megafaun reminds me of that magical feeling of hearing Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot for the very first time, of marveling at its perfect balance of country-folk balladry and pop experimentation. While Wilco has since, for better or worse, moved towards solidifying their monolithic sound, Megafaun has in their recent eponymous album resisted the boundaries of genre in producing what must be the most playfully rewarding release of the year. “These Words” opens with half a minute of guesswork, with its storyline coming together in a dizzying whole through the course of the track. The band’s determination to experiment always nearly backfires if not for an assured commitment to their musical roots, which makes for a surprisingly grounded affair. These guys know what they’re doing, and boy do they do it well. – Dan.
Megafaun is out now on Hometapes.