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Those underwater people at Underwater Peoples rarely disappoint. Here’s the latest from them - the second album by Andrew Cedermark, former guitarist from celebrated indie rockers Titus Andronicus. He’s playing some country/Americana-ish songs here but with a healthy dose of lo-fi weirdness and some clever faux-clumsy arrangements which grab your attention without seeming too knowing and smug - Side A’s closer ‘Heap of Trash’ is a good case in point, with its weird compressed guitars shambling around vaguely until it suddenly bursts into a triumphant chorus and it’s like that bit in the Wizard of Oz where it switches from black and white to technicolour.
Overleaf ‘Train Window Man’ also impresses with some Pavementy guitars mixed with a Real Estate-ish slacker haziness and more dusky Americana vibes. To be honest if anything I’m finding the production a little bit bold on this record and think the slight shambliness of the delivery might be better served with thinner, smaller-sounding tones, but that’s a very minor quibble when the songs are this good, and it all makes perfect sense on next song ‘At Home’ where he kicks into a Archers of Loaf-esque ‘90s indie rock overdrive which is much better served by the thick’n’chunky tones and will please fans of his former band. Penultimate track ‘Memories, Ah!’ has a Weakerthans-esque lilt to it which is making me quite nostalgic too...perhaps the intention given the title. It sounds like it could’ve come out ten years ago but if you’re into that Americana-indie sound then you’ll be thoroughly charmed by this record.
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