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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
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