Thursday, August 26, 2010
Rangers – Suburban Tours 8.3
Hypnogogic pop to the extreme! Yeah, here are some great muddled fragments of our disposable pop culture, transformed into new disposable pop culture.
Though people might compare this to James Ferraro, I think the funkiness of it points more towards a Matrix Metals kind of vibe. Beat wise, it is hazy and weird.
I will say the vocals definitely make it sound like Ariel Pink, so I can’t exactly knock that comparison. Vocals and instrumentals are both represented on here, from the washed out feel of “Bear Creek” to the future shopping center music of “Golden Triangles”. Most of the song titles seem to refer to bland suburban developments, like the music got taken out of presentation videos for them. “Bear Creek” is definitely a favorite of mine, try as you might, it will not leave your head for a long time.
These entire songs sort of float around one main idea, and they do tend to blend into each other. Perhaps this would be a problem if this was of low quality, but it tends to be pretty interesting, even among other artists mining the same material. Some have commented that this might be the Neon Indian (break out) artist of this year. Hook-wise, it is very similar, there’s a lot to grab onto, and he doesn’t make it impossible for you to get into it, unlike many working in the same field.
One can only hope this reaches more ears. And this grows on you a lot more than you’d initially realize.