Furry Things


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Though only a five-song EP, Hedfones is nearly three-quarters of an hour long, in part due to the Furry Things' increasing embrace of technology and experimental techno. The result isn't comparable to early Seefeel's own glazed and amazing blend of shoegaze and beat -- it's not as immediate and truly danceable -- but as a lower-key fusion along the lines of Bowery Electric's own pursuits, there's a lot to love here. Shive's clipped, dub-touched basslines on the opening "Piece No. 3 in C" set the tone as much as the cymbal hits and shimmering up-over-and-out feedback, and from there Hedfones tries out a number of approaches to see what works. "Porno Queen's Love Slaves," a semi-sequel to a similarly titled Big Saturday track, revolves around a low, alarm-like tone and heavily processed solos, while "Odd Shaped Silence" has a looming, threatening edge. "Diskoteque" is the one failure, coming across as a jokey jam instead of a song.

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