Moon Money Moon

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Sounding like a lo-fi Indigo Girls, or a darker version of the Roches, Retsin's Moon Money Moon is a five-song EP that was released on the Spanish Acuarela label in late 2001. Literate, if sometimes precious, lyrics mesh with banjo, acoustic guitar, and a dab of accordion and flute. "Pauline and Susie" is the catchiest song of the set with an infectious guitar riff and lyrics about self-medication and retreat. The bouncy, upbeat music combined with the stark lyrics creates a delicious irony. The rest of the EP, however, isn't as memorable, and repeated listening isn't rewarded much. As such, this EP probably isn't the best place to start with Retsin. It's more for those already sold on their style of indie folk.

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