Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Cipher 2LP
2008's Cipher (Alternative Tentacles) features 15 tracks, strung together loosely by a recurring refrain. As always, Slim Cessna's Auto Club lays out an intricate arrangement of handmade stringed instruments (guitar, double bass, banjo, mandolin, etc.) with flawless musicianship, as well as the curious push-and-pull vocals by co-frontmen Slim Cessna and Jay Munly. The songs have a darker, heavier tone compared to their previous efforts - though quite a few still maintain the rollicking country gospel vibe that compel some spectators to form mosh pits at their shows.