Blitzen Trapper is country for people who think that they donâ€™t really like country. While their music contains many elements particular to that genreâ€”harmonica and banjo, for instanceâ€”it also draws in psychedelic and funk influences. The result is an album thatâ€™s deliriously catchy and relentlessly interesting.
Some of my favorite songs on VII are those that play off funky beats, such as â€œFeel the Chillâ€ and â€œThirsty Man,â€ the latter of which pits guitar and bass against one another to brilliant result. However, Blitzen Trapper also excels in the arena of experimentation. â€œOregon Geographyâ€ is lo-fi, with the proverbial Portland rain providing interesting contrast against the hip-hop beat of the percussion. The following track, â€œNeck Tatts, Cadillacs,â€ also features delivery that borders on rap. But rock still remains the heart of VII, with â€œHeart Attackâ€ sounding like a track that could have been made by the Steve Miller Band.
If youâ€™re a fan of Southern rock or just want to try something different, definitely give Blitzen Trapper a listen. Theyâ€™re weird but glorious, groovy and moving while remaining fun all the while.