Best Other: Fake Babies
Fake Babies do "other" quite well — in assessing their 2011 album We Started Blues (its very title a red herring), its nocturnal electronic romps, ominous rumbles paired with deep dance rhythms, occasional blasts of harrowing vocals and white noise, and curious balance of danger and playfulness make it a challenge to assign it a genre designation or even call out who else in Connecticut is making music like this. But while Fake Babies can easily sound on paper like a "weird" band, seeing them play live reveals they're a really a party band. Their shows are meant to "let everyone have fun and hook up and express themselves," says singer/keyboardist/knob-twiddler Justin Roberts. "We'll come up with something a week before a show, stretch it out and see how people receive it. We're working on, I'd say, hits," he says with a chuckle. We Started Blues was certainly an eclectic affair, the result of "me and [singer/multi-instrumentalist] Bob [Nuzzello]… pretty much writing songs all the time," Roberts says. "The stuff now is more of a cohesive thing." He says there are clearer elements of soul, and less instrument-swapping in the studio among the four musicians, as each focuses on "what everyone's comfortable and best at." With the first album, he explains, "everyone was out chasing something," but now, "everyone's settled a bit. Everyone's in a better place. We're more relaxed. You can hear it in the music." That music will see the light of day, he says, in a series of new EPs.
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