Photos by Nick Tomecek
Almost nothing on this BRONCHO record indicates its title — “Double Vanity” — in case you were wondering.
It’s not listed on the vinyl, cover or insert. The Oklahoma indie pop-rock band probably doesn’t dig labels, because it crosses three to five sub-genres — which isn’t so unusual these days, and I’m not against it.
BRONCHO is composed of Ryan Lindsey, Benjamin King, Nathan Price and Penny Pitchlynn.
I’ve been hooked on ‘em since I heard the dream-pop anthem “Fantasy Boys.” The rhythmic pace and soft vocals make you want to use the hashtag mood.
The music is so chill, it’s natural to overlook the lyrics. The band mesmerizes listeners with basic vocabulary and a rhyming outline as structured as a haiku.
“Señora Borealis” is the sixth song to play but the first to fracture the album’s pace. Suddenly the sound morphs into a (The) Black Keys-esque style with flair and breathy vocals.
Now, there’s depth.
“Double Vanity” builds on itself, gathering more and more of the cool factor with every punchy verse and extra-enunciated syllable. I feel most harmonious with the record during the crisp rhymes of the B-side opening track, “New Karma.”
Cut it long in the collar
Cut it high on the hip
Got that pleat in it baby
Just a military fit
— “New Karma”
Some of my favorite lyrics belong to “Two Step.” Analyze at your own discretion.
I wanna lose myself when you walk in
I wanna use myself like I’m 6’4
— “Two Step”
The lyrics are for those who can see the value in the repeated cooing of a verse. I can. “Double Vanity” is low-key in all the right ways.
I’m obsessed with the album cover. The physical manifestation of the music is this desert-like landscape of warm-toned geometric prisms.
When I spotted this art while crate digging at Guestroom Records in Oklahoma City, it was a no-brainer. The record is a must-have for any indie music lover.
I can only assume fate was responsible for how perfectly my Romeo & Juliet Couture shag coat blended with this record’s color scheme. Placing the triangular album art in line of sight with Anna & Ava’s funky disco-ball-resembling, circular-shaped earrings is an unplanned, but stellar contrast.
My ensemble translates as whimsically as the record.
I think there are many interpretations of the album’s title that could involve an emphasis on pride or the idea of welcoming a new person into your life through the metaphor of a double vanity with two sinks and two mirrors.
I should mention “Double Vanity” is written in itsy-bitsy print on the sleeve’s border.
Then again, I never read the fine print.
Sunglasses - Guestroom Records
Earrings - Anna & Ava, Dillard's
Coat - Romeo + Juliet Couture - Courtesy of the best sports editor in the world, Seth Stringer
Jeans - Mossimo Denim, Target
Boots - Steve Madden
Hey, I'm Savannah. I collect records, and they collect dust. Like my preferred media form, I strive to not become obsolete. I created Off the Record as a way to turn my mind inside out, into something visual and tangible. One is the loneliest number, so I asked my friends to join.