Yeomen-like dance/funk impresarios !!! (Chk Chk Chk) are on the verge of releasing their 4th album this next Tuesday, but the good people at KCRW have readied Strange Weather, Isn't It? for a full album stream right this minute.
It leaked on the internet in late June, giving it plenty of time before its physical release to cement its place among some of the year's best efforts.
Strange Weather astutely showcases the evolution of !!! -- from a raw, funky Sacramento band with a penchant for all things dance-able into a polished, workmanlike group now recording albums in Berlin.
All four !!! albums have their own standout moments ("Feel Good Hit of the Fall," "Hello? Is This Thing On?" and "Must Be The Moon," respectively) and Strange Weather
is no exception. The heavy-handed-yet-insanely-funky "Even Judas Gave Jesus a Kiss" is one of the strongest tracks amid a strong Strange Weather
lineup. The song's funk-drenched charm is bolstered by its profoundly ambitious lyrics about The Bible, closing ones fists and the relationship between Jesus and Judas.
For those fans of !!!, Strange Weather will seem like a calculated step forward for the band -- for those uninitiated, the album will come across as the perfect late-summer offering.
Strange Weather, Isn't It will be released 8/24 via Warp. !!! plays The Clubhouse Sunday, September 5.