Analogue

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As the latter half of the '90s began, there seemed to be a fairly large amount of records by artists who had either discovered Tortoise or discovered Slint, or both. For some bands, this resulted in some fairly monotonous rhythmic excursions and a lot of critics overusing the word "angular."

In the case of Analogue, the band managed to create a record that retained a sense of originality and sonic adventure that deserved more attention than it perhaps received. There is some wonderful guitar interplay on the opening "Hoover Dam Theme," as well as "Figby's Fist." The vocal tracks are whispered or half-spoken, calling to mind June of 44 -- but never becoming uninteresting, or merely copyist. The experiments with dub textures are vibrant, and the bands' way with building and layering a song makes for a good listen. The triangle rates high on the scale of accepted sounds for Analogue, as it is used to temper most of the bass-driven instrumentals. In addition to triangles (and glockenspiels), there are found snippets of conversation, the sound of operating machines, and the sound of people walking weaved in between the tracks. But not everything is all post-modern pretense and method: there's a quote from the Adam Sandler film Billy Madison on the inside of the CD.

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