BioWow. Guided By Voices has created a goddamn monster of platonic-form-telepathy. The latest combination of GBV musicians seems to have fully internalized the unmedicated riff-genius of Robert Pollard's song writing, and they meet this material on the field of battle in full blues-wailing flight.
Listening to the gorgeous freakbeat dynamics of a song like "I'll Replace You With Machines" makes you imagine it's something Yo La Tengo will be doing as an acoustic set closer in 2012, or that Paul Thomas Anderson would be slipping into a soundtrack later that year. I mean, this stuff is timeless, in the sense that its essence is stripped of all temporal contexts except those defined by electricity and rock & roll.
Then there's something like "A Trophy Mule in Particular" that churns like some impossible collaboration between the Idle Race and Sonic Youth, with lyrics by Dennis Wilson. Where the hell does something like that originate? It represents a mock syncretic fusion that is nothing if not the spume of incredulity.
Pollard and GBV are now about twenty years into their game. I can honestly say that I've been following it almost that whole time, and the sputtering-linear evolution and the profligate quality of the songcraft of which he is capable never fails to bugger my imagination.