The Grand Undoing is the brainchild of Boston native and one man force of nature Seth Goodman. With a list of earliest influences that includes the Monkees, Led Zeppelin, Kiss and the mid-80s Boston college music scene, you’re pretty much assured an eclectic musical journey and with his latest release, The Grand Undoing does not disappoint.
Growing as an artist since his 2011 debut entitled “Appeasing the Sick,” Goodman’s “White Space Flavors and Parties on TV” mesmerizes while asking the listener to think about the messages behind the lyrics. Unique in its chaotic musicality, Goodman manages to offer a CD in “White Space Flavors and Parties on TV” that at times seems scattered in its differing sounds, yet ultimately leaves the right listener with a satisfying sense of completeness.
“White Space Flavors and Parties on TV” offers a 10 song set that I describe as a fusion of 70s/80s alternative rock meets modern pop with a hint of blues thrown in because, why not? Opening with the track “New World,” Goodman immediately puts us on notice that there is usually something more to his music than we first think as the morose introduction quickly shifts uptempo continuing the pace through “Crossover Now” and “Piers and Anderson.”
“Long are the Hours” offers the first break from upbeat with an introspective song that seems to incorporate instruments not used in previous tracks. Next up is “Song in B,” possibly my favorite track and a piece that speaks to loss against a country sounding undertone. Several songs later, “White Space Flavors and Parties on TV” wraps up with “Drag It Out A Little Longer,” which brings this release full circle with its deceptively punk sounding opening and sudden turn into the unexpected.
If you’ve been looking for an artist who stylistically stands out in the very crowded indie music scene, you have found him in Seth Goodman. A sort of audio Salvador Dali, The Grand Undoing’s “White Space Flavors & Parties on TV” is so distinct in its uniqueness that it may require more than one listen to fully appreciate. But once you get it, it is impossible to not be amazed by the depth of artistic creativity offered with this sophomore effort.
Released on 8/14, The Grand Undoing’s “White Space Flavors and Parties on TV” is the follow up to 2011’s debut release entitled “Appeasing the Sick.”