David Bazan: Fewer Moving Parts EP 

The first lyrics in "Selling Advertising," the first track on David Bazan's Fewer Moving Parts EP, are: "You're so creative / in your reviews / of what other people do." I couldn't tell if it was a sarcastic rebuke of reviewers or if Bazan is, himself, a record reviewer and someone said that to him. Either way, I somehow feel the need to step up the creativity. The song goes on to point out some weird, esoteric logic that seems to claim that being creative goes against the teachings of Christianity. The song itself has a trippy, cool vibe, and when it ended, I kind of felt confused, but in a good way. Luckily, the next song is a bouncy, memorable nineties-Seattle-alternative-sounding rocker that reminded me of a cross between The Foo Fighters and The Presidents of the United States of America. The title track is a little bit depressing and, once again, references Jesus. Of any of the songs on this record, this one reminded me of Bazan's other project, Pedro the Lion, and is probably my least-favorite track. Thankfully, directly following the title track and the end of the EP is perhaps the most captivating tune on Fewer Moving Parts, "Cold Beer and Cigarettes." It's very unpredictable and electronic with strange chord changes and, at times, reminded me of the soundtrack to Super Mario Brothers.

Fewer Moving Parts consists of five songs played electric, with a band, and the same five songs acoustic. "Selling Advertising" I thought was better acoustic, but the rest were better electric. And I also kind of feel that method of releasing a record is superfluous and shows that Bazan was perhaps unsure of which version to release. I say, pick one for heavens sake. Overall, I enjoyed Fewer Moving Parts for its creativity and Bazan's obviously uninhibited musical nature.

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