Whoa. The cover art of a little kid, probably around 8, looking kinda spooked in front of a wall that has two prominent skulls on the cover seemed sort of misleading. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but opener “Closed Horn” was brutal in some total Skaters vibe with heavy, heavy synth work. According to the liner notes the original horn parts on “Closed Horn” were played by Ruby Green and Max Reiss, but you would be hard pressed to find what actually sounds like horns on that thing.
Third track “Twilight Girl” is more what I expected from the cover, equal parts acoustic instruments and digital programming. Wouldn’t be out of place on something like a Beta Band demo or something. It’s nice enough. “Spinning Chair” gets back to the tape loops that seem to be the genesis of this project. Coming from a more bedroom psych approach to loops, but not too far removed from the mid-period loopiness of Smegma. On “Poly toy” he branches out into some really lovely ambient-with-action synthesizer work.
This is a great definition of “crowd pleaser”. Sure to find something that every member of the family can enjoy. 8/10 -- Andrew Murdock Livingston (23 September, 2009)