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Conveyor, Conveyor
Paper Garden Records, July 17

07/26/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



If you’ve got a mixtape with Vampire Weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Animal Collective and Young Liars-era TV On The Radio, you’ll thrill to this almost fanboyish ode to all of the above: lots of wispy ooh-oohs and fractals, some Beach Boys harmonies, a few joke-around things. I say “almost fanboyish” because these guys really are from Brooklyn, i.e. they’re not transplanted Ohioans hoping to get some epic strange down at the Bowery Ballroom, and besides, they do make an honest effort to sound like they put a few hours into the production. They actually save their best stuff for last: “All” and “Anne” feature long multi-dubbed vocal rounds that, though quirky, do have a hypnotic capacity; it could be said that the fractals are as much vocal-centric as laptop-driven. To get to this very good stuff, you’ll have to forgive some obvious, needless quirk, not that Generation Text wasn’t secretly inoculated to withstand that stuff somewhere along the way when no one was watching. B+ —Eric W. Saeger






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