I’m not old enough to have actually experienced AM radio in its prime (I would have to be 50 or older to have been a part of the mythical era), but I suppose that if it really had to be recreated, Of God and Science has done the best job I’ve ever heard of appropriating it.
And the band did it without mentioning radio once in their press material. Woo!
“Black Rabbit” is the trio’s latest long-player, and it has a bunch o’ different genres on it. But in their capable paws, the genres are tightly knit together to make a record more than the sum of its parts.
This isn’t a concept album, but it feels crafted with the care of one. It helps that none of the genres they dabble in go overboard; their core sound is a melodic, calm indie rock that incorporates other elements. “Bugs Are Good” calls Pink Floyd to mind in its title and sound. Indie pop (“Who Are You”), modern radio pop (the standout “Turbulence”), harmony-laden folk (“Gospel”) and uncategorizable rockish stuff (“Ballad of the Black Rabbit”) all get turns.
But the underlying fabric is a melodic ability that keeps this from spinning off into rabbit trails. The engineering and production is all of one cloth, as well; the album is definitely a single piece. The ear-pleasing tenor vocals are consistent, and the rest of the instruments fall in line behind the vocals. The spacious, calm feel is consistent, whether they’re rocking out or churning out a radio single.
What results is a uniquely varied and genuinely enveloping 40 minutes, almost like a short film. “Black Rabbit” is one to check out, and Of God and Science is a band to follow for those who love listening to a whole album at once just for fun. —Stephen Carradini