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Genre: electro folk, lo-fi
First off, I apologize for taking seven thousand years to review this
record... it seems to have just fallen through the cracks
like sand on a deck. It's a shame, too, because this is some
really good work. Coltrane Motion is one of the datawaslost
collective's longest-running bands, and yet they've probably been the
one I've been least exposed to. Perhaps it's something about the name
"Coltrane Motion" that suggests some sort of long-winded,
improv-heavy display of self-absorption. Quite the opposite, actually
- these four songs are all strong-beated, electro-folk ditties
designed to be catchy and easy to absorb.
Opener "Pi Is Exactly Three" takes the cake with its up-front,
confident style and instantly memorable melody. The danceable rhythm
also keeps things interesting. The glitchy "End of Every Movie"
follows, sounding something like a less melodic (and hence successful)
Notwist track; it isn't terrible, only a little bland.
Fortunately "Supersexy '67" picks things up with a nice riff and a
refreshing breakthrough chorus, something like a cross between the
Primitive Radio Gods' "Standing Outside a Broken Tollbooth With
Money in My Hand" and Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha" ... or
maybe just some good old Beck. Finally, "I Guess the Kids Are
OK" comes on, brandishing a slick style and a foot-moving rhythm. All
in all, Coltrane Motion's EP was a surprise hit for me. I never
noticed these guys before, but now I want to hear more.
MP3 (from datawaslost.net):
Pi Is Exactly Three
[Vitals: 4 tracks, distributed by
the label, released 2005]