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Album Review

Tender Buttons – “S/T ” – [Pacific-Rock/Deathbomb Ac]

Max Level   7/29/2006   A Library, CD

A puzzling EP from this Kill Me Tomorrow side project, with a sort of post-apocalyptic, future shock feel. Track 1 is aggressive and full of whooshing electro beats, dirty distorto vocals, finger pointing, and accusations. Track 2 is a quiet, spooky cover of Van Halen’s “Jump”, containing what may be a nod to the “X-Files” theme music (?). Track 3 is a noisy Xiu Xiu remix of the first track that barely even sounds like the same song. And talk about puzzling: just when you think you have a handle on Track 3, it goes silent for a few seconds and then returns as a bedroom-sounding recording of a moody piano instrumental. WTF? It’s all very KFJC in other words. Not exactly easy listening, but certainly there are rewards for the adventurous listener.

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