Five albums later, Malkmus’ has evolved as much as he’s returned to his roots: sometimes focused and refined, sometimes lithe and unpredictable.
The Jicks’ latest album, Mirror Traffic, is an enigmatic medley of suspiciously catchy tunes and lyrical mischief. Malkmus’ oblique circumlocution comes in a relentless downpour of stream-of-consciousness storytelling; his melodies frolic with a darkly unpredictable quality, changing key so briefly that you can tell something’s different, but you can’t tell what. The album is produced by Beck, whose deft touch serves to tighten Malkmus’ notorious looseness.
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks are currently on tour to promote Mirror Traffic.
Recent Release: Mirror Traffic
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Band Origin: Portland, Oregon