Pharoah is a morose wanderer that would be right at home on Sufjan Stevens Michigan, while the upbeat Over the Hill and Back Again sounds like something that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah could churn out. The fact that these tunes are back-to-back on his album is telling to call it eclectic would be a bit of an understatement.
Paleo aka David Strackany emits a mellower version of Alec Ounsworths nasally wail, and its his similarity to the Clap Your Hands singer that allows him to combine piano, haunted-house synthesizer and steel drums on The Rager. If youre a listener who enjoys or tolerates atypical, sometimes atonal vocals, youre going to enjoy or tolerate unusual composition moves, too.
There are plenty of oddities to go around. Poet (Take 1) is a rambling, nearly incoherent mess that is held together mostly by the fascination that a listener affords it. And theres a part two later on! But hidden in the murk are some great moments of beauty, as in The Rager and the nearly normal pop tune Lighthouse. There are diamonds, but they take finding.
Fans of outsider folk can catch Paleo at 8 p.m. Sunday at Opolis, 113 N. Crawford in Norman, with Blue Valley Farmer supporting. Tickets are $7. For more information, visit opolis.org. Stephen Carradini