Eutopian Accident is the project of Dustin Ragland, a full-time musician/producer in Oklahoma City. While OKC might not show up on radar like Seattle or Austin, it has a diverse scene of independent music both steeped in the imagination of bands like The Flaming Lips, and the social bend of Woody Guthrie.
Eutopian Accident absorbs these themes into songs that reach for thoughtful wordsmithery blended with down-to-earth, open tones and production. The rhythms are often dense, owing to Ragland's main role as a live and session drummer, but are also quite spacious and simple at times, with melodies and odd-time signatures that spring up between calm grooves.
The Red Land Tradition is Ragland's first proper album, although he has been writing and recording music since he was 16. The innovative Branch Records, based in Panama City, FL, released The Red Land Tradition in May this year.
The musing on growing older and dealing with finances comes to bear on "Our Breadth Is Wider Than Our Berth," and "Narodnik" uses the Russian serf-movement to express dislocation and a sense of modern isolation, all while humming over a bouncy Wurlitzer riff.
The blend of dark themes and light m...