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Odawas – “Aether Eater, The ” – [Jagjaguwar Records]

Exceptional addled pop, rocket ship built in the core
of a dead giant oak. Earthly and yet above the outer
atmosphere. Guided by the frail, but not fragile voice
of Michael Tapscott, it feels like the cracked shell
of a concept chestnut. Something about a child who
holds his breath and becomes an astronaut in that small
silent void of still breathlessness? On some numbers,
he’s got a Neil-Young-on-reduced-life-support vocal
approach. And serious Neil harmonica on “The Unnamed
Sphinx” but the album is much more than, is that an
old Fairlight synth snaking through “The Bones of
Pangaea” while some slippery guitar cleaning takes
place and prehistoric flutes poke out of birdbones?
That track is one of several crucial instrumentals,
they are hewn with care and help to patch this album
like a parachute. My favorite track, “Kids” is an
explosive number dealing with urban myth and the dark
wood. Raw emotion over some grubby drone and nice
satellite twinkling keyboards. Harpsichord and robovox
on “Ant Man Messiah Elijah” are reminiscent of the
Cerberus Shoal oddball radioform stories. Hard for me
to pin down exactly why, but this album sure opens
my pod bay doors. Do not miss! -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 6, 2006 at 5:23 pm
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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