My Timing Is Off / Fresh Blood (Single)
It’s been four years since we last heard of E and his unique brand of horizontal indie rock.
Up he comes in 2009 with two cuts from a forthcoming album, Hombre Lobo; My Timing Is Off and Fresh Blood. The former is typical Eels fare, with the roughening voice making things sound even more like homeless Beach Boys. There’s a standard ‘love and be loved’ pop philosophy that no-one can really argue with and the whole thing trundles pleasantly off into the distance, probably to a beach somewhere.
Fresh Blood is altogether darker fare, with E assuming his Dog-Faced Boy character from the Souljacker album, in an I-was-a-teenage-werewolf-honest tale of love and pain. It’s deathbed Brian Wilson covering Tom Waits on mescaline. Bad hippy. Down, boy.