On Type Foundry Sessions, Doug Shepherd kicked off a trio of unique EPs. Each session was to be released separately on CD, with each recorded with a different group of musicians in different cities and studios. This disc was recorded at Type Foundry Studios in Portland, OR, in August 2001. The singer envisioned that each EP would showcase how the studio and location affect a recording. The eclectic music scene of Portland made a strong impact on Type Foundry Sessions. The disc opens with "Wind Is Warm," which opens with Shepherd's delicate vocals leading the indie pop attack. The song is a warm and bright ode to the simple themes and pleasures of summer. On "Inmate's Letter to Rilke," the sound of a steam engine, combined with a steady acoustic guitar strum, creates an intimate and focused track. The disc nears its end with "On the Moon," which grows from a soft opening to a blissful chorus, resulting in possibly the catchiest track of the disc. The disc ends with the somber and reflective "Desert Mud." The song is carried by a restrained piano and Shepherd's strong vocals. Drummer Michael Ismerio, bassist Zach Moran, guitarist Owen Patrick, and keyboardist Jeffrey Underhill (of Honeybunch) appear throughout the five-song disc. Boy Crazy's Rachel Blumberg sings backup vocals on "On the Moon." The disc was recorded with Norfolk & Western's Adam Selzer and Jason Powers. Where It's at Is Where You Are Records released the disc in 2002.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cramer