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This EP, recorded by Robert Cheatham and Monika Weiss of the Eyedrum Music and Art Gallery in Atlanta, is another installment of the homemade CD-R label's diversity, quark strangeness, and charm. In addition to Weiss singing and the pair playing everything from samplers to pianos to saxophones, John Cheatham adds an electric guitar to "Fate," while Neil Fried adds an acoustic one to "Falling." This is barebones music that sounds surprisingly lush. On "Fate," Weiss' piano entwines beautifully with Cheatham's sax lines through the middle of the mix as she sings mournfully yet soulfully over the top. The amalgam of sounds Cheatham utilizes is uncanny and is put to very understated effect. All four tracks on Remember are significant for their melding of lyrical and musical concerns -- picture Portishead in post-club culture doing a theater piece. But the final piece, "Touch," is haunting, hunted, and even frightening in places, with its barely synthetic percussion landscape and Weiss' falling-over-the-rail vocals, which are crazy with obsession and pathos as they are washed by a keyboard and sampler sonic architecture. This is as good as anything anywhere and it speaks to the great power and unfortunate anonymity of so many D.I.Y. projects. Contact www.eyedrum.org.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1
9:11
2
8:32
3
3:37
4
6:43
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