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I just bought the new Folk Implosion (Lou Barlow, John Davis)- "One Part Lullaby" and The Apples in Stereo - "Tone Soul Evolution" and they both kick my white, funk free ass.
Folk Implosion (www.folkimplosion.com) took me a couple of listens but I think I smell a hit, if MTV decides to Buzz Bin them again. As other reviews will tell you the new CD is more reminiscent of their "hit" Natural One from the KIDS sound track than their previous kitchen table recordings or their last album Dare to Be Surprised. Using drum loops and samplers Lou Barlow and John Davis have created the whitest hip hop record of the year and thats fine with me because it's the kind of music I can write.
Tone Soul Evolution is an older CD released by The Apples in Stereo in 1997, but it's a new discovery for me. Like Folk Implosion, this album marks the evolution of a lo-fi band to the big studio. This does not mean that are over produced but the sound is clear. You can still hear little fuckups and there's a "performance" feel to the music. Like Guided by Voices and Neutral Milk Hotel, the emphasis here is on the songs. There is no jamming or wanking around. The songs are complete with verses and choruses but they get strait to the point and then move on before you have time to say Greatful Dead. They kind of remind me of Sloans second album, Twice Removed. Long live the Beatles!
Just thought you'd like to know.
•Mike Lawson (TuneVault Staff) Email
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