If Arms of Kismet's 2004 debut, Eponymous, was a heartfelt affirmation, then Cutting Room Rug is its prankster twin, fusing parodic rants with tragic laments in a playful cocktail of satire and sincerity. From the mischievous "Clover" to the ominous "Coil," the album is a dark joyride, careening from track to track like a condemned man in a funhouse. Its inhabitants can only cry at weddings, can only laugh at funerals.
Split into three "acts," it attacks with guitars, hooks, and dancebeats, wooing the listener with sugary, stuck-in-your-head melodies and fractured lyrics. It sketches a perilous, chaotic world begging for a skip and a chuckle.
Cutting Room Rug was written and produced by Mark Doyon, mastered by Jon Astley (Tori Amos, George Harrison, Pete Townshend), and released by Wampus Multimedia.
"Witty, idiosyncratic indie-rock that is to a band like Maroon 5 what a film like Sideways is to one like Miss Congeniality 2.... Zealously off-center, moderately acidic, daringly intellectual and vastly entertaining.... These are songs to not just listen to, but explore, a series of musical masks donned by an artist with keen insight and an outsized sense of playfulness." --Jason Warburg, The Daily Vault
"This disc just sucks you in with its unabashed joy.... Cutting Room Rug is one of those albums that your hipster friends will swear by and which you will inevitably discover by accident about three years from now. Save everyone the lag time and buy the disc now. That decision will make you cooler than you have any right to be. Rating: A." --Groovevolt
"Arms of Kismet features the genius of Mark Doyon. This stuff is so good that it almost defies explanation. On the surface, it's great power pop. A little below the surface is a whole other species of musical madness." -- Mike Perazzetti, The Fevered Brain of Radio Mike
"Full of quirky, off-center, witty tunes about everything from returning to the childhood neighborhood to just listening. With Arms of Kismet you get those same 'what the hell did he just say?' and 'what the hell does that mean?' feelings you get when listening to Dylan or Lou Reed. This is some pretty heady stuff but it's fun all the same." --J.R. Oliver, Ear Candy
released April 29, 2005
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