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The Art Museums

Rough Frame

Woodist

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There’s something odd about music recorded on ‘80s tape recording equipment being listened to as digital files via laptop computer speakers. (Is that fuzz I’m hearing you or me?) But the confluence of lo-fi cultures seems to really work here. The debut from this San Fransicso duo, Josh Alper (Whysp) and Glenn Donaldson (The Skygreen Leopards), recorded on a Tascam 388 tape machine, retains all its basement-tape muddy fidelity glory in nine pop tunes suitable for any era.

While “So Your Baby Doesn’t Love You Anymore” sounds like Ray and Dave Davies bashing out in their mum’s basement, circa early ‘60s, “Paris Cafes,” chimes with faraway-sounding guitar and drum machine. “Oh Modern Girls” adds some loud fuzzed-out guitar, and “Sing a Song of Stacie” sounds like a psychedelic demo from The Who Sell Out or The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. It’s a wonderful mix of the here and now and the there and then, lo-fi at its best. (www.myspace.com/theartmuseums)

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