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Railbird, Lucky
Muse Records

01/31/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



1/31/2013 - Certainly Deerhoof and Massive Attack are always on the iPods of this New York fivesome, but they’re more experimental than that.  There’s a generous attitude toward spatial relationships between phrasing, which doesn’t mean it’s slow and soggy, it’s just … I suppose genial would be the word, really, upbeat triphop for de-stressing but with enough no-wave guitar bite, nu-gaze Pokemon-worship and advanced Battles-style techno-blipping to keep you from fuzzing the stuff out of your radar while you’re supposed to be listening to it. Over the last few years, bands this hip have tended to aim for too much inaccessibility; these guys don’t do that at all, not that the constant threat of a knuckleball doesn’t hang over everything. Guest singer Sarah Barthel (Phantogram) lolls around Hope Sandoval-like on “Jump Ship.” Only complaint is that this EP is too short — what a switch from the norm, huh? AEric W. Saeger





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