When I was just entering 10th grade my big brother gave me his copy of Ben Folds Five’s Whatever and Ever Amen. I listened to it for two weeks straight, and there began my love affair with possibly the nerdiest, whitest piano-based jazz-pop fusion in music history.
The band reigned and eventually split and in doing so, fractured my audio-heart. Of course I remained loyal through Folds’s solo ventures–Rockin’ the Suburbs was happy and thrilling even in its extreme glossiness and Songs for Silverman still remains some of his best work (don’t even get me started on how great those solo EPs were). But as Way to Normal and his production stints came and went, I missed the trio.
Their 2012 Bonnaroo set proved they’ve more than what it takes to relaunch, reform, re-capture hearts of their fans from the ’90s and then some. “Do It Anyway,” their single off The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind–OUT TOMORROW– strikes a chord of what makes the band great; frenetic musicianship, soaring background vocals, tight harmonies, jazzy piano parts, fuzzy bass. It’s a reunion of everything I fell in love with over a decade ago.
And now there’s a video. Not only is it fun–it’s endearing and quirky thanks to the cast of “Fraggle Rock” and Nerdist. (Could they know my soul any more?)
Welcome back, guys.