Nasty, Brutish and Short EP – PUJOL

I was already stoked for this one. Daniel Pujol has been consistently putting out smart, but catchy music for the past couple of years and he’s definitely earned a sick spot amongst the current best songwriters coming out of Nashville. It seemed like only a matter of time before more people realized this.  The people over at Saddle Creek must have realized that (or that Bright Eyes sucks and they need to earn some good karma points back) and decided to back his new EP, Nasty, Brutish and Short. While this thing might be short, it’s definitely not nasty or brutish.

The album kicks off with “Mayday,”a song that Pujol has dedicated to his buddy, Richard Houston. It’s got a relatively simple chord progression but Pujol’s trademark wit make the song most memorable. The phrase “the king of May” will echo in your head long after the song ends. “Scully” has that warm pop guitar tone that makes the track stand out. It’s one of those tracks that can put you in a good mood and definitely my current favorite off the EP. “Battles” is more mellow and the guitar reminds me of something off of Ziggy Stardust. It’s about as easy as a drag of a cigarette.

“Emotion Chip (No Feeling)” is a bit of a grower, but “Tiny Gods (Singularity)” is probably the weakest track on the album. While I dig the Ron-Asheton-like guitar fill at the end mixed with the AOL dial-up tone, the song is a bit too simple for PUJOL, lyrically and musically. “Stuff” will make you nod your head like an idiot though. I can get into the lyrics and the way Pujol delivers his vocal melodies on top of the guitar melodies help make the line “if I’m not consistent with what I believe in, than I live a lie” resonate  a difficult task considering what a mouthful that line is in itself. “Point of View” is a great way to close out this EP and probably one of the best songs PUJOL has written. The lyrics, the melodies, the tone, the insight, etc. Everything’s great in this song.

There are two kinds of bands: one’s that write songs for the brain and those who write for the heart. PUJOL can write songs that are for the brain but from the heart. That’s probably why a lot of people (myself included) think his music. He’s trying to challenge you and himself at the same time and makes some really rad music in the process. And we hope he keeps it up and can’t wait to see what the next album holds.

The EP is out now on Saddle Creek Records. You can check out the entire album on the SoundCloud below. At just under 20 minutes, you’ve got no excuse to throw it on for a bit. Check it out.

2 Responses to “Nasty, Brutish and Short EP – PUJOL”
  1. Lucad says:

    you are an idiot. “Tiny Gods” is the best song on this album with “Stuff” a close second.

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