John Ringhofer (aka, Half-Handed Cloud) has been crafting homegrown, spiritually charged, lo-fi indie pop for nearly a decade now. A fan of brevity only in song length, the Sufjan Stevens protégé/former Danielson Famile bass player’s latest opus, As Stowaways in Cabinets of Surf, We Live-out in Our Members a Kind of Rebirth, doesn’t deviate from the childlike, overly complex, CCM pop that has become his forte over the years. Populated with 25 tracks festooned with countless water metaphors and puns that never stick around long enough to make much of an impact, ASICOSWLOIOMAKOR (a mouthful, even in the form of an acronym), suffers from the fact that in 2010, anybody with a home recording unit and a few dozen talented friends can make a record like this, and all of them do. To be fair, Ringhofer can kick out a solid pop song here and there, as evidenced by the jaunty (actually, they’re all pretty jaunty) “Fresh & Bitter from the Same Spring” and “Set Your Beams,” but in a world where records are released every day that would have been demos a decade or two ago, it’s hard to get too excited about another immaculately crafted collection of quirky, bedroom pop jams.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger