Cracked Radiator, Bum Transmission is the debut full-length from the Tundra Survey. The band's consistently melancholy, pretty, mostly instrumental music would not be out of place on Montreal's Constellation label (home to Godspeed You Black Emperor! and offshoot projects). Sad and gentle atmospheric tunes are delivered by a lineup of viola, cello, flute/xylophone, electric guitar, and electric bass. The instrumentation and the music's endearingly heartbroken tentativeness is likely to remind listeners of Rachel's or the Boxhead Ensemble, although not as accomplished as either.
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AllMusic Review by Joslyn Layne