Under the Veil of Health

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Under the Veil of Health is an off-track album for Spatula -- instead of the three-piece set up which fleshes out their other releases, the album has singer/guitarist Chuck Johnson and drummer Matt Gocke laying down minimal, instrumentally-oriented compositions that would probably be called "experimental" if not for the fact that the band's warmth and appeal remains. Only three tracks on the record are fully realized, in the sense that Spatula's other releases are realized (including a mix of "Service Entrance Fiasco," from Medium Planers and Matchers) -- the remainder of the tracks are esoteric and ephemeral, built from instrumental constructions such as a single guitar ("Morretti,") tapes and guitar ("Quibell") or moog, tapes, and clarinet ("Trick Knee"). The band's unique sense of composition is, thankfully, just as keen in this scaled-down context -- strong, complex guitar lines drift over subtle ambience, and the record, while certainly not in line with Spatula's other releases, tends to drive toward the same goals from a different direction.

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