Albumen is a made from an egg and was used to make early photographic prints. The band Albumen has a sound that at times harkens back to an ealier era but at the same time the rythmic qualities of the band are courtesy of drum machines and computers. It’d be nice to sum this band up in a few pithy sentances but they refuse to make it that easy.
I will say that at times the lead singer reminds me of a more forthright Michael Stipe, while the songs (especially “Circle Down”) remind me of Smog or Silver Jews. The brand new record is called Lake Desolation. I love the line in the song “Delagado” where the singer says “But Delgado flipped the switch and my legs went dead and I could feel a little tingling at the back of my neck, but he’s looking kind of worried and scatching his chin, if that bastard runs out of batteries I’m dead.” If you care at all about packaging then you’ll also want to pick this one up, it’s gorgeous and idiosyncratic. Buy it here. Listen to 2 more songs and a video here.