Thursday, November 20, 2008

Gary War: New Raytheonport (4.5/5)

Jonathan's #11 out of 20 Album of 2008

Year: 2008
Label: Shdwply
Genre: Psychedelic Lo-Fi
TRT: ??:??

Gary War's "New Raytheonport" is the most rare release that I have found this year in 2008. There are hardly any press reviews on this release and it is one of those lo-fi recordings which tend to get less attention.

This whole album was recorded on a Tascam 488 which gives it that 70's tape feel which really works well for War. I feel like War is bridging the gap that has existed between lo-fi recording and other more professional ways to record by adding a lot of reverb and warbling effects which really help to soften the sound.

This record seems to have the right mix of catchy pop hooks and a swooping melted aural explosion that continues to blow my mind..

01 Clouds Went That Way
02 Good Clues
03 Obscure Preferences
04 Please Don't Die
05 Cyclops Eye
06 Bounce Four
07 Healthy Living
08 Grown in Shells
09 Eye in the Sky
10 Edge of Mess

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