Often inaccurately lumped in with the New York No-Wave scene of the early 1980s, The Scene Is Now produce what is possibly best described as off-kilter pop. As with many of the bands associated with No-Wave , they eschewed technicality, however, unlike many of their contemporaries, The Scene Is Now displayed a natural ear for melody and dream-like pop. They are perhaps best known (though the term is applied rather loosely indeed) for the song "Yellow Sarong", covered by Yo La Tengo on their 1990 album Fakebook. Effortlessly sliding from the ethereal and surreal, from jerky and angular stutterings to fluid and melodic compositions, from the absurd to the strangely (though undeniably) touching, The Scene Is Now are a hard band to pin down for comparative purposes, and it is clear that such elusiveness, a quality so rare in the modern music industry, is one of their most rewarding features . The idea of a revolving-door policy in a band may conjure up ideas of careerist intentions and internal rivalry and disquiet, the only permanent members of The Scene is Now are ex-Mofungo members Philip Dray and Chris Nelson. Yet while such a hostile term perhaps would not do justice to the joyous experimentation evident in their recorded output, the fluid and loose nature of the lineup is indicative of a band unwilling to stay in one musical avenue for too long. An acquired taste? . Many may say that it is a travesty that such a band does not command a wider audience, and while they might be right, perhaps The Scene is Now are proof that the most gratifying pleasures were never made for all to enjoy.