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River Tiber, The Star Falls [EP] (self-released)




River Tiber, The Star Falls [EP] (self-released)


12/05/13
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



 The hype surrounding this Toronto singer-producer is building, and since I’m tired of getting scooped by every Pitchfork Mini-Me who has the patience to investigate buzzed-up debut EPs, I figured why not. This spacey exercise isn’t difficult to dissect, sort of like what you’d get if a bummed-out Bon Iver had his studio invaded by Squarepusher, that is to say it’s made out of really neat-o glitched-up beats and army-issue indie-rock falsetto. Do I approve of this set of songs? Yes. Would I want it in my earbuds on a long plane ride? Nope. This will sound old-fashioned, but if I want glitch, I’ll listen to Ed Rush or Aphex Twin; if I want quirky, wounded-sounding indie, I’ll take Clinic. Mixing the two seems too obvious — I could barely get through this EP’s “California” thanks to the dragging, dreary falsetto, but I did stick around to see where the droid-pitter-pattering beat was going to go. Mind, lots of people would read such things and head straight for it on Spotify, and “too obvious” was probably directed at The Beatles in their day, right? High marks for subtlety here, for sure, either way. B- — Eric W. Saeger


Appeared in the Dec. 5, 2013 issue of the Hippo


 





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