Back to Bhutan Back to Bhutan

Cultural appropriation or post-rock music for children's birthday parties? Back to Bhutan provide little information in their press release, other than admitting a Canadian origin and a previous band named Boa Bubicta that failed to reach Bhutan. Many things happen simultaneously on the five tracks that make up this EP - shakers are shaken, wood blocks are struck, violins are bowed and voices chant and coo and occasionally sing in harmony about "chimp dandruff" and "coke in the sink." Seeming randomness gives way to pleasing, though unpredictable, songs that balance "fake" naivety with adventurous structures. It's not unlike listening to a Gastr Del Sol practice tape with Daniel Johnston sitting in on vocals and tambourine. (Independent)