In the Resistance
How do you follow up a cathartic, critically-acclaimed jewel like She Moved Through, an elegiac paean to the acceptance of mortality and loss, with it's uncanny marriage of post-punk agility and 70s A.M. radio melodies? You go deeper, exploring traditional folk structures and exotic instrumentation, reveling in the pop possibilities of bowed cymbals, Chinese dulcimers, pedal steel, and Moroccan tribal rhythms. You find ways to turn elegantly groovy pop songs into dramatic, experimental meditations. And you rock harder. You make a record like In the Resistance. The music of the Tall Grass Captains always promises a new journey, every song. The landscapes depicted are at once familiar and strange. "Each song should bring you to a place that is recognizable," says songwriter Mark Mattson, "except that something has changed-somehow been reconstituted into something new. The way you dream of being in your house, but suddenly there's a new door that leads to an unfamiliar hallway, out to a street you know is nowhere nearby." Tall Grass Captains music is probably "power pop" or "psychedelic folk rock" at it's core-but it's less conservative, much more stylistically adventurous in execution than what those genres normally imply. Think Elliott Smith, Pavement, David Bowie, Spoon. The challenge has always been to make music that can be emotionally direct and valiant yet left-field enough to keep you coming back, discovering new sonic and lyrical treasures each time. With In the Resistance, the Tall Grass Captains have answered that challenge.