We all get tired and we all get weary. Sometimes what we need is something true-a good, honest document stripped of all falsehoods and petty trickery. I Love Math's new album, Getting to the Point Is Beside It is one such thing.
"It's amazing what kind of magic some people can make with only the most basic of ingredients," says Mundane Sounds about front-man/guitarist John Dufilho's songwriting.
Dufilho (also the front-man for the Deathray Davies and drummer of Apples in Stereo), says "Mostly, I wanted to write and record a very straightforward album. I wanted it simple, to the point, and didn't want to hide behind effects pedals, distortion, studio tricks, or irony."
Drummer Philip Peeples agrees, saying, "On this record, I really enjoyed keeping it simple, playing into the songs, not simply through them. Also, John and Jason are amazing drummers, something that's never far from my mind." Accordingly, the band's unwritten rule of "keep it sparse" makes perfect sense alongside another I Love Math mantra: "no cymbals allowed." Simplicity over all.
On the 12 song Getting to the Point, pedal steel soars out over guitars you'd expect from the best of old school country. But this is no retro trip; songs like "Josephine Street," "Some Bridges," and "Too Many Demons" wouldn't be out of place on a mix-tape with contemporaries like Jon Brion, Belle & Sebastian, Jonathan Richman, and Yo La Tengo (Fakebook-era) as it would with vintage Kinks, and like-minded harmonizers Simon and Garfunkel and the Everly Brothers.
As The Deathray Davies continues to move forward, I Love Math comes on as its own animal. This is no side-project; Dufilho writes endlessly, so pulling off two full-time bands is almost second nature.
Recorded with Salim Nourallah at Pleasantry Lane Studio,.Dufilho and his Dallas-based band-mates, bassist Jason Garner (The Deathray Davies, The Paper Chase), drummer Philip Peeples (Old 97's), and keyboardist Andy Lester (The Deathray Davies, Slider Pines), have given us an organic yet cinematic piece of music. Songs like "These Paper Walls," "Volcanic Ash," and "Better Days" come off like a soundtrack to a great movie that was never made.
On Getting to the Point, I Love Math deliver something modern yet classic. Welcome this record into your life. Your soundtrack has never been better.
Catalog #: glp 011
Suggested Retail: $13.99
Streetdate: May 27, 2008
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the bands offical website: myspace.com/iloveilovemath