National Anthem Of Nowhere is the first album by a member of the Broken Social family to live up to the promise of You Forgot It In People. It's a tremendous achievement, a collection of meticulously crafted tunes built from the rhythm section up. Andrew Whiteman hones his focus by writing around the percussive elements he delights in -- bossa shuffles, aggro baile funk, 90s shambling slacker beats, 50s sock-hop bop -- and creating semiotic collages that trigger a million musical memories at once. His commitment to each song as a complete story is what makes the divergent elements gel. ÁRafaga! bastardizes a surfy riff that sounds like the old Batman theme, folding it into percussive Latin rhythms and Spanish-sung melodies. Chances Are is shang-a-lang pop crossed with Tropicalia brass and early Sloan. Though the songs here are so much crisper and more exciting, they don't sacrifice the easygoing looseness of Apostle's Folkloric Feel debut. It's like gorgeous folk art made of Coke cans, shredded ads and seagrass.
Apostle of Hustle continue their Rivoli residency Wednesday (February 7).