Brown Whörnet, with Oh, Beast! and Three Fantastic
Explaining Brown Whörnet's music is no picnic. Critics have tripped all over themselves trying to describe the Austin collective's sound, one of which takes the cake: "Yes on a boombox whose batteries are dying." But when a band effortlessly flips from a parody of cheesy hair metal to a Barry White-ish song about a gay man missing his partner, as it did on 2001's radio ablum (sic) -- and blends it together with radio intros, tiki lounge, random sound effects, classical music snippets and Gregorian chants -- well, what can you say? The fact that the music has been harnessed into some kind of permeable structure is its true genius.
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