Oliver Schroer

Restless Urban Primitive

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Without meaning to imply any drug use on the artist's part, much of this sounds like you're listening to a Ken Burns soundtrack on acid. In his use of sound effects and disembodied voices with rapturous instrumental music, the Toronto musician also invokes John Fahey, although Schroer is totally electric, even electronic. He often draws from Eastern music and sometimes sounds like a one-man Penguin Cafe Orchestra. If this sounds appealing, you belong to an exclusive club. This omnivorous, adventurous musician is worth a search. Not as eccentric as fellow Canadian violinist Nash the Slash, Schroer is more eclectic.

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