Medium Planers and Matchers is probably the first truly stunning release from Spatula -- 1994's Even the Thorny Acacia was a better-than-good rock album that showed a great deal of potential, but it's the songs on Medium Planers and Matchers that seem to complete the sound with which the band began. Its compositions are sparkling rock pieces that lie somewhere between collegiate indie-rock, shoegazing, and the beginnings of post-rock -- the band underpins its three-piece setup with cello and a few other adornments (occasionally reaching the epic instrumental feel of a project like Scenic), and Chuck Johnson's understated vocals weave through all of the dynamic textures the band manages to create. While this sound isn't as polished (nor as removed from indie-rock standards) as it is on 1997's Despina by Land, there's very little difference in the overall effect.
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AllMusic Review by Nitsuh Abebe