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ARTIST
TITLE
Employee Of The Month
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
HUM 022CD HUM 022CD
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RELEASE DATE
9/18/2020

Employee Of The Month is packed full of candor as post-punk, indie-pop troubadour Stephen EvEns unleashes his alter-ego. This beatnik, indie-punk escapade is accompanied with swooping motoric guitars, squelching effects, and crackling sounds that fluctuate from the exotic, improvisational to a deadpan realism. EvEns muses on the futility and injustice of the world, all delivered with a huge wry smile and a glamorous, magical, and eccentric delivery. The album kicks-off with the single "Dustbin Man" focusing on key workers and the people that knit society together, with booming oscillating guitars and a post-punk disjointedness. "Push Yr Thumb In Yr Eye" builds on a massive wave of distortion, as the pendulum swings to a passionate accompaniment of off-kilter violins in this post-punk dystopian tragedy. "Freak Show" guests William D. Drake on piano and accentuates EvEns cabaret style as he re-collects a tale of migration to the city. The vocals fill with a melancholic timbre in a dramatic search for a positive future. "John Snow" shares vocals with Caroline Gilchrist (Hot Sauce Pony) echoing the sound of Fun Boy Three. A sliding, sludgy drumbeat, as vocals express caution, "somethings lurking in the water, but you still look to the sky." "I Hate Shop" re-collects life with a major high street retailer -- a glamorous critique -- crashing, roaring sounds break the bleak banality of shop life. "The Crystal Palace" which cries, "come and get me and take me home," is a beautifully crafted piece, delicate and moving. Multi-instrumentalist and talented artist in his own right Stephen EvEns tours with his own guitar and full band line-up, or occasional Casiotone.