Release Date: Feb 22, 2005
Record label: Touch & Go
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
With a track listing that spans six years and several different band lineups, Enon's singles, B-sides, and rare tracks collection Lost Marbles and Exploded Evidence could have been too scattered for its own good, but it's actually one of the band's most enjoyable releases. There's something endearing about the twists and turns the band take as their music evolves from Believo!'s post-Brainiac spazz pop into the more stylish (but just as quirky) sounds of High Society and Hocus Pocus (the comp's liner notes give a playful nod to this evolution, marking the earliest tracks with eggs and tadpoles and the later songs with full-grown frogs). The try-anything approach on the whole collection -- even the tracks that don't entirely work -- holds it together and keeps it from sounding too exploded, despite the fact that the album gathers songs as disparate as "Marbles Explode," a skronky, Believo!-era artifact, and "Raisin Heart," a delicate, almost loungey track from a 2001 7".
Lost Marbles and Exploded Evidence collects six years worth of singles, compilation appearances, and website-only releases from Enon, finally giving 16 seldom-heard tracks the chance to hit the marketplace. While it’s definitely not a best-of, it pretty much constitutes a career-spanning retrospective. The oldest track, “Fly South,” was recorded in April 1998, while the most recent, “Knock That Door,” wasn’t finished until last summer; in between, each song helps chart the band’s development.