Streaking In Tongues “Einstein’s Napkin” (LP)

In the annals of modern musical experimentation, few acts capture the imagination quite like Streaking In Tongues. Hailing from the serene landscapes of Marquette, Michigan, this dynamic father-son duo, comprised of Ronnie and Elliott Ferguson, has once again seized the spotlight with their latest sonic masterpiece, “Einstein’s Napkin.” And let me assure you, dear listeners, it’s an absolute triumph.


Building upon the foundation laid by their previous albums, including the legendary trilogy exploring the enigmatic realm of Sasquatch—aptly titled “Slow Dancing With Bigfoot,” “Christmas With Bigfoot,” and “Jazzing With Bigfoot”—as well as the soul-stirring “Oh My Darlin'” from 2019, Streaking In Tongues has crafted a musical oeuvre that defies categorization.

Einstein’s Napkin is a testament to the boundless creativity and symbiotic synergy shared between Ronnie and Elliott Ferguson. Their father-son dynamic permeates every note, imbuing the album with a palpable sense of warmth and intimacy. From the intricate interplay of guitars to the mesmerizing melodies of the saxophone, each instrument serves as a conduit for their shared musical vision.

The album opens with “Lumbering Along Bluff Creek,” a sonic journey that transports listeners to the heart of the wilderness, where mysteries abound and possibilities are endless. It’s a fitting introduction to the eclectic sonic tapestry that awaits, setting the stage for an exhilarating musical odyssey. It has a certain Pacific Northwest post-grunge sound to the guitar, with its minor key melody painting the picture perfectly.

Tracks like “Hovering in Jacklight” and “The Life Span of a Cricket” showcase Streaking In Tongues’ uncanny ability to seamlessly blend genres, effortlessly shifting between indie rock, folk, jazz, and ambient textures. The result is a sonic landscape that is as diverse as it is immersive, inviting listeners to lose themselves in the music.

But it’s not just the instrumentation that shines on Einstein’s Napkin; the album’s “lyrical content” is equally captivating. Drawing inspiration from the poetry of Marty Achatz, Ronnie Ferguson’s evocative melodies paint vivid imagery, exploring themes of love, longing, and the human condition with poetic grace and introspection without ever speaking a word. Fans will undoubtedly be happy as clams with the continued experimental evolution of the band.

Of course, no review of Streaking In Tongues would be complete without mentioning the undeniable chemistry between Ronnie and Elliott Ferguson. Their musical partnership is nothing short of magical, with each note infused with the unspoken bond shared between father and son. It’s this intimate connection that elevates Einstein’s Napkin to new heights, imbuing the music with a sense of authenticity and emotional resonance that is truly captivating.

Einstein’s Napkin is a triumphant addition to Streaking In Tongues’ illustrious discography. With its infectious melodies and masterful instrumentation, it’s a testament to the enduring power of artistic collaboration through familial bonds. So do yourself a favor and immerse yourself in the sonic world of Streaking In Tongues. You won’t be disappointed.

And remember, Einstein’s Napkin is available now on Bandcamp and wherever else you stream your music. This is a celebration of musical innovation and familial harmony. This is Streaking In Tongues.

Mark Druery