by Zach Kaufmann in New Music on Thursday 23 September 2010

Indianapolis baroque pop band Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s just released their third LP, Buzzard, on their very own Mariel Recordings label, after well-publicized disagreements with Epic Records over their last album led to the split release Animal!/Not Animal. For Buzzard, frontman Richard Edwards enlisted the help of some friendly mid-westerners, including Tim Rutili (Califone) and Brian Deck (Red Red Meat). The result is a surprisingly eclectic and hard-hitting rock album, one that leaves most of their folk pop ramblings behind; a lot of hits, very few misses.