11th track from "State Cows" (2010). Smooth as a hall of mirrors, this Steely Dan-evoking number is by my favorite "new" band (whose name, btw, is an anagram of my favorite musical sound). But "smooth" doesn't mean there won't be rough patches; you might get permanently stuck if you dare enter the Maze of the Mind. Oh dear...I see you're already there. Well, heh, good luck finding the exit—especially after dark. Muwa-ha-ha-haa!
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While the Red Herring walks on dry land
The Epigone plays upper hand
It's so frank, it's deceiving the mind
You can't see the cards when you're blind
Nice li'l earner
In the big casino of the world
Lost in a mind game
Don't let it bring you down
It's just a passing delusion
Lost in a mind game
Don't let it bring you down
It's only drowse and confusion
Grinders cling on by every mean
Afraid to be made obsolete
While the Doubters discover real change
By breaking the rules of the game
Years of gigging as a Steely Dan cover band in the college town of Umeå, Sweden has allowed State Cows to become beneficiaries of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker’s ooze.
When you take a good listen to their self-titled album, you get just that—Steely Dan sounds coming from both eras: the smooth AM rock of their early output and their highly sophisticated jazz fusion from the Aja-Gaucho era.
Immersed deeply in Fagen and Becker’s genre-bending grooves, State Cows—led by Daniel Andersson and Stefan Olofsson—deposits a hefty amount of smooth West Coast jazz, silky soul, classically-embellished sweetness and immaculate jazzy chord changes into this eleven track collection.
Structurally, State Cows feels like it’s the follow-up to Gaucho. The production is deeply immersed in ‘80s AC-friendly synths, perfectly executed rhythms and breezy California coolness.
Probably the biggest standout on the project is the exceptional seven-minute closer “Lost in a Mind Game,” which greets the ear with flirtatious chords and “Deacon Blues” tapestry.
~excerpt from a review by J. Matthew Cobb at http://www.soultracks.com/state-cows-...
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