Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai are the Tim Burtons of folk music – dark and hilarious, but with moments of great insight and beauty. With three voices and a guitar, they present an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony.
The trio aligns itself with the underachiever, the dejected, the outsider. Their densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with family. A little like Stephen Sondheim linking arms with Tom Lehrer or Frank Zappa in therapy with Peter, Paul and Mary.