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Laid Out
Seagoat Records

Pufferbilly is a hippy, freaky, fun and flippant jam-pop conniption fit, borrowing from funk and bluegrass as much as the rock aspects of Phish or the Dead. Laid Out transfers seamlessly from crispy-classic rock riffing on the unabashedly hopeful “Change” (whose feel-good chorus verges precariously close to aloof hippy-dippy heart power: “Hate, it pulls us down when it takes ahold/ We only hurt ourselves when we let our hearts grow cold”) to sun-dried bluegrass chug on the playful title track fable of a man tallying up his recent revenges.

Pufferbilly bops in and out of genres (all tied together by their full-hearted quirk jam signature): slightly dubby reggae on “War,” full-throttle blues on the aptly titled “Funk Groove” and acoustic beach rock (as popularized by Jack Johnson, O.A.R., Sublime’s “Bad Fish,” etc…) with “Holdin’ On” and “Happy” with its jubilant chorus crescendos. The instrumentation is lush with intricate details, like the sprinkling of flamenco on album closer, “Juarez” and the slow-brew, quasi-goofy 60’s rock clichés on “Morrison” (where a nice rhythmic throb of chorus almost breaks its back on indigestible lyrics). Overall, Pufferbilly drops a fusion that will have most jam fans grinning uncontrollably.

Favorite Track: Track 1, "Laid Out ”

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