"I took a walk with an invisible friend..."

16. Menomena - Friend and foe

"On their third album, Menomena sound like Spoon on the brink of outer space with Mercury Rev riding in their rocketship. They write collectively, using software they scripted to assemble songs from their own click-tracks and melody snippets--and then re-learn as new, full-bodied entities. The cumulative effect is often collage-like, with piano and scratchy guitar and drums (and an occasional saxophone) dropping in and out as songs clamber forward, fueled by manic creative immediacy. They know how to throw down, too, thick guitars powering "The pelican" but never overpowering the unlikely melodicism and irresistible lyricism of a fragile beauty like "Rotten hell."
Andrew Bartlett