TRACKING: Eels - "Peach Blossom"

SOUNDS LIKE: Beck and Tom Waits are in a bar. No, there is no punchline.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: After releasing an epic trilogy, E cuts a new LP with his touring band

Since breaking on the scene with "Novocaine For The Soul" in 1996, Mark Oliver Everett, known by Eels fans as simply E, has never been one to stray from experimentation.  Every time the announcement of a new Eels record comes, you never know what you're going to get.  So when it was announced that the 10th Eels album, Wonderful, Glorious, was finished and awaiting release, you had to wonder what it might end up next to in their catalog.  Would it be downright depressing like the classic Electro-Shock Blues, or a bit of a rocking bluesy affair like Shootenanny? Would it bare any resemblance to the trilogy of albums released in 2009 and 2010? 

Well the mystery is over....almost. The Glorious first single, "Peach Blossom," certainly doesn't disappoint.  What it does do is keep listeners on their toes and maybe even scratching their heads.  The song deceivingly shifts, from fuzzed out tones to muted tinges in a hurry, all being tied together by a simple yet loud-as-fuck bombastic of a drumbeat provided by the man known as Knuckles.  And with his voice as gruff as ever, E gets even closer to mimicing Eels fan and friend Tom Waits.

Wonderful, Glorious is out February 5 on Vagrant/E Works.