The Trypes

The Explorers Hold [EP]

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The Trypes were one of many spinoffs of the New York-based band the Feelies; here, woodwinds and keyboards are prominently added to the parent group's usual guitar-dominated sound. The influence of the Velvet Underground is very pronounced on this EP, especially in "Morning Glories" (with its rumbling tom-toms, trancelike piano/bass/guitar texture, and agreeably Moe Tucker-ish vocals) and "Music for Neighbors" (an episodic instrumental consisting of process-like repeated fragments). "Undertow" is an enjoyably energetic number that strongly anticipates the best work of the Woodentops. There's also a respectable cover of the Beatles song "Love You To" that is marred somewhat by bland lead vocals. This is a warm-sounding, eminently listenable release that any Feelies fan should try to obtain.

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