One look at the layout of Google Wave indicates how comfortable we've become with overstimulation. Having multiple information streams simultaneously competing for our attention and being able to shift mental gears quickly enough to process them is now standard for pretty much all forms of communication, and "Daisy", a track from Brooklynites Fang Island, is doing its part to keep our minds agile.
Like many frenetic songs, "Daisy" becomes more rewarding with time; the first few plays sound cluttered and overly ambitious, but repeat listens reveal that it follows an internal logic that binds its seemingly disparate themes. Guitarist Jason Bartell claims the goal of Fang Island is to "make music for people who like music"; with this intent, it makes sense that "Daisy" comes across as an approach to power pop that's equal parts serious craftsman and Dr. Frankenstein, interested in carving a meaningful song out of disparate parts. Amidst a flurry of time signature changes, we're treated to a brainy vision of pop-punk: Steamrolling power chords overlaid with a dynamic guitar solo at least partially indebted to Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott. Although this nonstop ebullience is an abrupt contrast to the close harmonies that close the song, Fang Island uses a downright proggy arpeggiated organ to facilitate an easier transition. Ultimately, "Daisy" is a bit fragmented but thoroughly charming and engaging. If this is the arena rock of the future, send me an invite, okay?