Richard Buckner


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This six-song E.P. works as a combination sampler and companion piece to Richard Buckner's full-length release, Impasse. Like the full-length release, Impasse-ette contains the same churning mix of acoustic and electric sounds, sometimes breathtakingly intimate, sometimes fuzzed beyond recognition. The sampler contains acoustic versions of two songs from the album, and three previously unavailable songs. The charming and sweet "Stumble-Ette," along with "Remainder," work well as introductions -- or brief sketches -- and stand in sharp contrast to the chilling prayer "It's Still '56." None of these tracks are necessarily essential, but rabid Buckner fans will snatch it up just the same.

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