Hrududu Factory

Songs from the Burrow EP

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The Watership Down allusions get a bit trying on Songs From the Burrow, the initial release from Hrududu Factory. Sure, it was an important, innovative, and richly detailed novel. But sole band member Tharn's frequent referencing of the book doesn't integrate as cleverly into his lighthearted twee folk as he seems to think. In fact, in "Tractor Guy," "Midwick Hill," and the untitled hidden track, the device seems to obstruct what would otherwise be some pretty pleasant stuff. "Tractor" builds from breezy to urgent, its frail acoustic guitar and whispered vocals joined by a organ, electric guitar, and a kazoo. However, the cutesy rabbit angle undercuts this urgency, as well as "Family Car"'s mentions of maƮtre d's and porno stars. It becomes difficult to enjoy the EP's florid, timid, slightly Granddaddy-ish psychedelics when Tharn's chosen apparatus seemingly demands that we think of him as a furry fellow living in a warren and hanging out with fishes and assorted forest animals.

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