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Review: Cosby Sweater, 'Party Dad'

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Indianapolis-based trio Cosby Sweater continues to impress with their latest EP release Party Dad. The live electronica band comprised of David Embry (production/vocal), Nicholas Gerlach (tenor saxophone/EWI) and Richard "Sleepy" Floyd (drums) has constantly been stepping up the game with recent new releases and a thrilling live set.

Party Dad is more of the same. A short, yet intricate 6-song EP that totals just over 30 minutes really showcases the multitude of different styles the group can produce. From sensual saxophone melodies to up-beat booty shaking anthems, it's a

The first three songs are full-length mind soothing masterpieces easily lull the listener into a trance. Relying heavily on saxophone, they're perfect for a candlelit summer night under the stars. And "Nu Love" hints at an after-hours party.

The trio revisits old classics "Open Mouth Kiss" and "Hole" by tweaking the originals just enough to keep nostalgia but adding enough freshness to merit a spot on the album.

Cosby Sweater's flexibility and willingness to test the waters is evident on "Clappin," which is both the shortest song on the album and the most energetic. An increased tempo and inclusion of some peculiar sound effects makes it the most intriguing song off the album.

Party Dad will be released to the online world for free on Tuesday and Cosby Sweater will hold an album release party Saturday April 19 at The Vogue. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Unfortunately there is some bad news to pass along as well. Cosby Sweater drummer Richard "Sleepy" Floyd will be leaving the group to focus on other aspects of his life. The electric on-stage personality features on the EP and will perform with the group for the last time at the release show on Saturday.

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