MAN ON EARTH
DISPOSABLE SOUNDS FOR THE FICKLE MIND
NYC’s Man on Earth plays the kind of melancholic music you’d expect from a British outfit, yet this quartet wraps their offerings around mid-tempo atmospheres that contain ample dollops of angst-ridden Americana and soulful alternative. Sticklers for creating sounds, bare yet lush arrangements on tracks like “It’s Alright, We’ll Be Fine” evoke Elvis Costello jamming out with Wilco, while the neo-soul sounds of Sade meets Prince prevail on “Mirror” before it melts into oblivion and the huge rock guitar riff from “Lazy” reveals the band’s affection of Pink Floyd at their most arena rockiest. Smart bands are hard to come by, and bands that are musically ambitious and smart are even more rare, so finding Man on Earth is both refreshing and reaffirming.