MMMM – ‘Clamshell Finger Food Flavor Trails’

Intriguing in its range from punk-rock to alt-country, Clamshell Finger Food Flavor Trails is a stellar live album from MMMM. The duo — presently based in New Jersey and Vermont — formed in 2019, and this release showcases their performance at Prototype237 in Paterson, NJ on July 28th.

The opening “Feels Good Bobo” casts an eerie, industrial feeling — like the backdrop to a robot-making facility, with sinister intent. Sporadic guitar twangs and textural buzzing linger with feedback-friendly appeal into the conclusion. “Opportunism” follows with an art-rock composure, as clashing percussive effects and debonair guitar stylings remind fondly of Tom Verlaine. This opening one-two punch previews the compelling versatility throughout.

Also riveting, “And What Are You After” builds from a folk-minded quaintness into a rousing rock expanse, alongside fervent vocals that captivate; the commendably unpredictable structural navigation and sturdy aesthetic feels akin to Sunset Rubdown. The closing “Groundhog Day” wraps the album out with satiating appeal, unleashing a snarling punk-laden charm. Clamshell Finger Food Flavor Trails is an engaging success from MMMM.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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