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Howard, Please Recycle (Fashion People Records)




Howard, Please Recycle (Fashion People Records)
CD Reviews: April 7, 2016

04/07/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Howard, Please Recycle (Fashion People Records)

This Brooklyn band got a lot of praise for their 2015 album, Religion, which generally fell under the folktronica designation. More so, it was unplugged-indie-tronica, an aggregate of Sigur Ros faraway weirdness, Jeff Buckley sturdiness and Postal Service glitch-o-mania — if there’s even a single progressive gene in you, you had to like it. Its main thrust was haunting indie, but not in a way that made you think of 98-pound weaklings in skinny jeans — it was its own thing, like an android’s idea of Elbow, maybe. This EP is their next trick, a mixed bag that feels more like an advertisement for Religion, as it is literally a set of samples recycled from that album. I could throw some oddball names at you just to be a pain, but I won’t do that today; suffice to say it’s very, very glitch-oriented, with Religion’s hooks appearing as little Nintendo ghosties flitting in and out of a backward-masking soup. Lovers of busted-circuit stuff will think it’s awesome, that’s for sure, and it’s better than Figurine’s material, although then again I say that about every song I hear from anyone. And hey, if this record helps to pay for more studio time so they can do a real sequel, it’s worth supporting.





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