We don't get enough concept albums anymore. Minus Kendrick Lamar and Titus Andronicus, it's become a bit of a lost art. I'm not saying every record needs to be a two-disc opus about your sense of alienation from your fans (The Wall) but it's nice when artists remember that an album can be a formally cohesive work of art that tells a unified, overarching tale. And that's where LA electro-pop duo Smoke Season
enter the picture.
We've got the exclusive premiere of Smoke Season's latest EP, Ouroboros
, and that's an apt bit of imagery for an album delving into the interconnected lives of its characters. Fusing hypertextual storytelling, maximalist electro-pop and even hints of electro-rock with shimmering guitars, and deliciously off-kilter percussion, Ouroboros
is another bit of evidence that the concept album need not only be the domain of the prog rock acts of the world.