Happy New Year

The autumnal tones ushering in Oneida’s Happy New Year strongly evoke the murky reflection of Simon & Garfunkel’s Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. But as Happy New Year’s opening number, “Distress,” sours with each melody, it becomes clear that this is no celebration of the spices of life. Oneida has crafted a heavy-hearted journey into existential hopelessness. “The Adversary” and “Up with People” rock with uplifting rhythms. “Thank Your Parents” trolls the depths of emotional hang-ups, sinking deeper into the weight of spiritual burdens. Each song hums and jitters with micro-grooves that cut through the daily grind. This is not an album that rages against the dying of a light, but the sounds of a soul that has already been crushed. 4 stars.

Oneida plays the Earl Sat., July 29.