Get Help - The End of the New Country
Record Label: Midriff Records
Release Date: October 14, 2008
If you are curious about electro-folk music then the duo of Tony Skalicky and Mike Ingenthron, who formed Get Help, can introduce you to its country-folk hues and electronic varnish. Get Help’s latest CD, The End of the Country was recorded at Smoke and Mirrors Studios in Brooklyn, New York. The band’s music shows the vogue folk sensibilities Yo La Tengo with brooks of electro-lit ducts relatable to Guided by Voice. The songs skylines are graphed from mellow tones and fluid movements that oftentimes make the melodies vessel feel stagnate and unwavering but always glides easily with a glossy finish.
Get Help’s sonic folk is neatly stylized in tracks like “All Else Fails” and “Carne Asada,” but by the 9th track, “Red Jacket Orchards,” this style starts to become redundant and run-on, and by the 15th track, the last song on the CD, “Traveler’s Shave Kit,” it just feels superfluous. Songs start to feel like repetitions of ones before it, and the movements, or lack of movement, make the songs feel like they are sitting still. The thumbing beats and spinning chords of the title track deliver a much needed jolt, and the folk rock tint of “It Begins Well” is crafted from loops of frenzied riffs and vaulting beats relatable to Built to Spill. The country-tinged acoustics of “Temporary Speed Zone” brings an Americana-spin on Get Help’s music as layers create height in the melody’s pumps and then slide back down to a campfire sonorous. The finger snapping beats and soft acoustics give “The Town Fires” a nice glow, and the folk rock rollups of “I Don’t Have The Stomach” enhance the low-timbre vocals, which have a dirge-ish resonance through the lyrics like “A lonely lunatic tells and accidental truth.” The oxymoron in the lyrics are just one of the lyrical themes in Get Help’s songs.
Get Help’s music has a voguish folk rock stylizing with electro-lit accents. Their album, The End of the New Country, overflows with electro-folk tones, although the band is still in the beginning stages of honing this style’s dynamics. Much of the album seems superfluous with the melodies so similar that they cannot be told apart. This album has the potential of developing a cult following for Get Help, but not much more than that for them.