"The writer Charles Johnson once coined a phrase: “alpha narrative.” He describes an alpha narrative as “that one story that embodies an archetype for our thoughts, feelings, and experiences.” An example he offers is the plot at the center of Romeo and Juliet, which, as Johnson points out, has origins that go back at least as far as the fourth century.
And then, of course, being a writer and professor of writing, Johnson says this should be one’s goal when sitting down to write—to create a fresh alpha narrative that transcends all time and shit. No pressure.
To completely steal, corrupt, and distort Johnson’s term, I’m going to say there are musical equivalents to the alpha narrative. And, I’m going to say that Lodgings’ Daisies is one of them.
These songs are infectious, and once they are in your head, they will not leave. And that’s fine. You want them in there. Especially “Cage.” Jesus H. Christ. Go listen to “Cage” and let it destroy your life once you realize the words you’ve been delightfully humming along to.
Does the EP sound like anything else? Yeah, it does. Because it’s made with instruments.
And if I were pressed, my first point of comparison would be this: Big Star. Yeah, I just said that. Fucking Big Star.
But if you listen closely, there are snatches of Richard Thompson and Robert Pollard. There are doses of The Byrds. There are moments reminiscent of Greg Dulli. I hear a bit of Belly or something at one point. On the first song, a slow burn that’s a slight departure from the rest, there’s a little Boilermaker or Sunny Day Real Estate (except in a good way). There’s some XTC in there, too, which means, inevitably, that there’s some Beatles, as well. But does the EP sound like any of those things? No. No, not really. Daisies is its own thing.
Whether tinged with twang or jangle or slide or downright psychedelia, these songs are the kind of heartrending pop that—I’m just going to go ahead and call this one now—will still be relevant and undeniable in twenty years."
released March 22, 2017
Recorded winter of 2016/17 by Bryce Hotz at Archetype Recordings in Omaha, Nebraska
Bryce Hotz-vocals, guitar, mellotron, vox continental, harmonica
Jim Schroeder-guitar, hammond B3
David Ozinga-bass, vocals, percussion
Megan Siebe-violin, viola, cello
Mastered by Carl Saff
Album Artwork by David Ozinga