Country of origin:
Type of music generally:
Gloomy, goth-tinged indie rock
Most recent release, Devils in the Details (2003)
Feelies, Dumptruck, Lycia, Fields of the Nephilim
See album comments below
Recommended first album:
Ode to the Urchin is the only one we've heard
Depending on preference for the style in general
Randal Prater—voices, guitars, bass, moog, e-bow, tape loops
Pater Sawtell—piano, acoustic guitar
Ode to the Urchin is generally well-played and well-recorded, but suffers from a limited sonic and stylistic palette. Randall Prater has an honest, untrained, "everyman" sort of voice with an agreeable huskiness. His songs favor minor key progressions, often on built on densely strummed, clear-toned guitar parts with ringing open strings. The emphasis is is more on evoking a mood than on creating memorable melodic hooks, which contributes to the saminess of the disc. The most successful songs tend to be the most intricately arranged: "Acidophilus" shifts between fast and slow sections with a a pair of e-bowed guitars expressing a stately melody above the churn; "Step in the Sun" benefits greatly from the piano and acoustic guitar contributions of Peter Sawtell. Prater's lyrics offer an ode to depression ("A Good Mope") and the usual goth references to horror films ("Caroline") and fantasy ("Queen Mab," "Departure Never Leaves"). Even songs with titles like "The Nether Reaches of Florid Dandyism" are delivered in what sounds like earnest (although perhaps the wah-wah guitar solo is meant to connote irony).
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