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True Primes – “We Have Won – EP ” – [Self Release]

Thurston Hunger   7/20/2006   A Library, CD

Two piece/no peace wail over death march drums. Possibly the
two, Che Chen and Rolyn Hu, both sit at said drums while
manipulating other guitars, gizmos and gremlins. The sound
has the ramshackle charm of say the Dirty Three, the march
is led by an worn-out ol’ mare whose nostrils still flare.
Rolyn’s voice rollin’ along in the saddle, slow and lopey.
Che offers his nasal twang and some hollerin’ as well. When
little bursts of noise drift by (embodied by an overdriven
effect, a rampant drum machine rumble) they are like little
tumbleweeds on the soundscape here. Songs often get cut off
at the pass by these choppy interventions. Vox don’t quite win
the talent show, but that plus a nice playful approach to
effects makes them more memorable. It almost seems like Rolyn
is holding her larynx horses in the barn willfully. “In The
Surf” works very well, and washes away the Western analogies,
Rolyn huffing, and puffing, and screeching away…Che adding
some grimace and grit. Decidedly lo-fi through-out, but when
they hint at a poppishness, they portend their next surprise.
Evidently headed to Locust Music, where likely their balance
of order/disorder will be even further embellished and the
narco-psych formula refined. As this EP states, True Primes
have already won, count on it!
-Thurston Hunger

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