Release Me EP (www.yourband.com)

Boho Zen 

Release Me EP (www.yourband.com)

The duo behind Boho Zen have played power pop in various Northeast Ohio acts together for decades, and they know how to write a song. They know how to tell a story too, as in "Drink Her Pretty": "I don't know what I was thinkin'/All I know is I love drinkin'/Everything I say is witty/And I'll drink until you're pretty." Sounds like obnoxious bar-band wit so far, but it ends with a twist: "But I never knew/She was drinkin' me pretty, too."

More important, the guys can play. Howard Fencl's lyrical guitar solo in "Amazing Trains of the World" is as much a part of the song's narrative as his words. He and drummer-singer Bob Walker radiate a deep melody on the bittersweet "Paper Houses" and wax Beatlesque on the melodic disc-closer "Wouldn't It Be?" With this fourth recording, Boho Zen's resemblance to intelli-pop icons XTC remains firmly intact.

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