Album Review

Exusamwa – “Please Allow Me to Induce Myself” – [100% Breakfast]

lombard   6/15/2009   A Library, CD

This is a brand new 3-inch CD and first official release from Exusamwa. The Boston-area “hardcore” band also did a limited demo CD in October 2008 that was limited to 40 copies.

This EP, “Please Allow Me to Induce Myself,” is over before you know it, packed with 11 tracks in 13 minutes. All are under 3 minutes, with many clocking in at least than 60 seconds. It starts with a fast, screechy track that’s very similar in style to the frenzy of Melt-Banana. Other pieces have poppier moments, sweet bits of singing, and jazz moments. The 5th track, “Some Carry Their Shroud With Them Upon the Earth,” is pretty, with harp-like sounds, bells, whistling, and a spacier sound overall. Others are gorgeous and contain tinkling glockenspiel.

The band, made up of Doug DeMay on guitar (Fat Day), Nell MaLuf on drums (Goat of Arms), Neil Coletta (Ergot Rot) and Angela Sawyer (Weirdo Records) also utilizes ukelele, electric drums and vintage synthesizers (including Omnichord). All the more intriguing is the fact that Exusamwa did some “guerilla” outdoor shows near Boston in November. It’s a super cool project and a nice listen.

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