On January 12th, French duo Herman Düne will begin a much anticipated (albeit brief) stint of North American shows starting at the TNK Festival in Chicago. And for those of us who were unable to get tickets to one of the band’s six dates, luckily the Tell Me Something I Don’t Know EP accompanies Herman Düne’s arrival in the states.

While many bands release EPs as sonic filler between larger projects, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is truly a logical expansion of the band’s 2011 full-length Strange Moosic. Though both works share the same opening track (“Tell Me Something I Don’t Know”), the four new songs certainly mark a welcome addition to the Herman Düne catalog, although they're admittedly not vastly different than the songs on Strange Moosic.

Much like Moosic, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is defined by its beautiful simplicity. The EP is snugly held together by upbeat drum patterns and bright guitar riffs which create an understated -- but still seriously inspired -- work. Take the sparsely-produced standout track “Shadow of a Doubt” as an example: a buoyant guitar layered over a frantic, repetitive hand drum exemplifies Herman Düne’s mantra that you don't have to overcomplicate arrangements to sound amazing.

Lyrically Tell Me Something I Don’t Know is also archetypal Herman Düne. Through clever wordplay reminiscent of Bob Dylan, motifs like coping with the monotony of life and trying to mend crumbling admiration are seamlessly woven into what on the surface appear to be straightforward pop songs. On the EP's most measured track “Wait for the Dead to Live Again”, Düne states:

"I fear no man/ I seek justice/ And right now I suggest this/ Wait for the thunder/ Wait for the rain/ Wait for the dead to live again/ And I’m hiding my face from you/ I have nowhere to run to/ I want to talk but I mumble/ I want to walk but I stumble."

If you're still not sold on Herman Düne, my advice is to check out the music video for “Tell Me Something I Don’t Know.” Starring a blue Yeti-esque creature and Mad Men star Jon Hamm, the video centers on the Yeti’s journey through America’s backroads, Hamm pointing out the modest and veiled pleasures of life along the way. Rarely would I suggest watching a music video in order to get a better feel for an artist, but not only is the video a flawless visual manifestation of the song title, it is also a spot-on representation of Herman Düne's music -- witty, jocular, and effortlessly enjoyable.