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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

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The most recent release from indie-electronica act the Remote Viewer's UK label is more likely to waft through lounges than one's bedroom. As on all releases from Moteer, there are softly shifting, acoustically strummed melodies, gently sighing, syrupy female vocals — but here they are smothered in synths and scuttling clusters of reprocessed sound that get the blood flowing as much as they blanket the listener with a certain rainy-day drowsiness.

"Sleepy Pea" is an almost innocent childlike jingle. A glockenspiel plays descending glissandi while shuffling drums are paired with a simple three-note trumpet motif and wheezing harmonium. "Lady Grey," a five-minute song led by lilting female vocals, the silvery tones of an organ and spindly, descending arcs of synth that give a plastic, child-like aura to the piece, takes a detour that harkens back to the more song-oriented constructions of Icelandic group Múm.

On each of the pieces, these elements are coordinated well enough; the swooping, wah-wah guitar patterns don't soar so high as to interrupt the warped psychedelic sputtering of the synths, and the reverberating acoustic drones never muddy the rudimentary but peppy percussion. Rather than sifting through all of these well-worn '60s pop throwbacks like so many articles of clothing in a thrift store, though, one wishes the group would break up these compositions, throw a mini-landslide of noise into the mix — something that might make them less ready-made and opaque. As it is, each piece is content to dwell in a temperate zone of overlapping harmonies and quaint vocal melodies, a sound that could well act as background music for a hipster clothing store or even one's upcoming dinner party, but little else.



by Max Schaefer




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