Red Queen Hypothesis - or RQH, as their fans call them - perform a timeless, fuzzy-cute pop that has drawn comparisons to the Polyphonic Spree, Guided by Voices, the Gerbils, and Jim Henson's Muppets. On Contorted in Deep Space, the group has distilled the pop promise of its earlier homemade releases into a focused, singularly catchy collection of tunes. Science themes (leader Andrew Myers has a geology degree from Richmond, Indiana's Earlham College), obtuse poetry, and drugged storytelling feature prominently on this album. It even features a commissioned children's song about the evolution of wooly mammoths! There are plenty of 60s pop nods on here - Beach Boys style bouncing and Kinks-inspired sing songs - mingling with the layers of quirk, fuzz and home fidelities that at least one critic is sure to describe as "catchier than a football."