Release Date: May 12, 2015
Record label: Joyful Noise
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Ambient Pop
Head here to submit your own review of this album. The term "supergroup" is overrated and stale. It drums up attention for a band that in most respects is no different than any other out there; except the members have already cemented their status in the music world. Collaboration is a much better word.
The experimental rock side project of singer/multi-instrumentalist Danny Seim from post-rock band Menomena, drummer Bryan Devendorf of the National, and horn player Dave Nelson, who's performed with the likes of Sufjan Stevens and the David Byrne & St. Vincent collaboration, Pfarmers explore timbre, texture, and rhythm on the adventurous Gunnera. Titled after a dream Seim had involving being reincarnated as a plant, nature is thematic -- lyrically, but often musically -- on the album.
Gunnera answers that age-old conundrum: What happens when two drummers, bound by their mutually exceptional height, join with a trombonist to make an album inspired by gardening? Such is the unusual soil from which Pfarmers grow. David Seim (Menomena) and Bryan Devendorf (The National) met many years ago and bounced around the idea of collaborating. Multi-instrumentalist Dave Nelson (St.