Modest Mouse Still Mighty Strange


Top 40 hit “Float On” and chart-topper We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank notwithstanding, Isaac Brock remains one of rock’s great eccentrics, and two new songs off the forthcoming No One's First and You're Next show just how far he’s taken that. If you haven’t seen the video for the immensely appealing “Satellite Skin” — which was directed by Kevin Willis, who makes disturbing clips (and does God knows what else) with Tool — click through for an excellent nineties-style alien, Druish princesses, and ravens enough to have you saying “Nevermore.” Spazzy semi-ballad “Guilty Cocker Spaniels,” which you can play here, seems to address an even darker realm: adulthood. If nothing else, Brock sounds like he’s confronting kids on his front lawn. It’s a glorious sound.