In the brief months between appearances in Palmer Lake and at MeadowGrass, the three members of the Traverse City, Michigan-based Accidentals became legal adults and signed to Sony Masterworks. The inherent dangers in leaping from three self-released CDs to a major label lie in the risks of formality and overproduction, but founders Savannah Buist and Katie Larson are simultaneously too sly and too geeky to let Odyssey
fall into such a novice’s rut. The 13 tracks here work in a variety of understated ways — long-time crowd-pleasers like “KW” and “Chekhov’s Gun” benefit from big-studio treatment, while newer tracks like “Memorial Day” and the title tune demonstrate the vulnerability and surreality that made earlier Accidentals recordings so much fun. Buist and Larson seem to have been frank modernist poets from their days as high-school pals, and their musical talents (enhanced by percussionist Michael Dause) suggest a band with many more years ahead.
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