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Is this Handshake’s oddest song yet? This jam starts out as what sounds like a weirder version of the ‘70s southern rock band Atlanta Rhythm Section, then devolves into something reminiscent of mid-period Mr. Bungle. Devin Clary’s sharp voice goes everywhere as the music shifts personality, the impulse potion taking control of the whole situation. It’s casual but alien, like shopping for cat food and watching dimensional portals open up in the shelves.
“Night Of Electric Orchids”
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On this new track from Handshake, the Novato quartet sounds like a bunch of crazy hipster vandals having an insane party in an organic grocery store at two in the morning. Bodies entwine, artichokes fly. Unearthly music emanates from some shadowed corner that could be the spice aisle. I don’t know how many of you have ever had an experience like that, but if you do, bring along a little Handshake.