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Smug Brothers Release Latest Full Length Album 'Application Of The Twig'


For the Smug Brothers, social distancing meant getting creative. Their newest album, Application of the Twig, slated to be released on September 10th, was written remotely. Starting as 20 to 30 idle ideas, later sculpted, carved, and stitched into art, Smug Brothers' Kyle Melton says the sound of this album brings to the forefront a style already lingering on the fringes of their earlier music.

In this conversation with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt, Melton explores adapting to new ways of writing and workshopping. He describes remote collaboration as exciting. He says he trusts the talent of his bandmates, knowing they will bring their unique sounds to the work. Marrying post-punk with soft, introspective acoustic guitar, Application of the Twig celebrates a new side of the Smug Brothers.

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After joining the WYSO staff in 2009, Juliet developed WYSO’s digital and social media strategy, working closely with her colleagues on daily news coverage. In July 2021, Juliet stepped into a new role, becoming WYSO’s Music Director. An avid music fan and former record store employee, Juliet continues to host her two music shows, Alpha Rhythms and Kaleidoscope, which features studio performances from local musicians every week.