United States 3

Creature EP

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The 8-track grab bag EP stands out from US-3's somewhat more conventional resume and shows a band graciously willing to juxtapose widely-varied song forms in close proximity. The sparse, percussion-less landscape of opener "Creature" attests to a less-is-more philosophy of musical design that shows over much of the record. Frontman Vess Ruhtenberg seems more concerned with the nuances of texture and depth than with just presenting his hook. Many musical friends show up to help out US3's core on the EP, and members of Uvula add a nice touch of variation to "Mary, Anne, and Hideaway." Creature's diversity is a great attribute for US3 to have picked up three records into its career. The EP doesn't shun the band's past work, but it certainly moves away from it, and instills a sense of wonder and anticipation in the listener.

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