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Hrududu Factory

"Songs from the Burrow" CDEP

Shmat Records

Genres: indie pop, indie rock

Shmat Records
PO Box 1191
Alhambra CA 91802

Mar 8 - 14 2004

This EP could be Shmat Records' best release yet!  Hrududu Factory is an absolutely amazing indie pop band.  With nothing more than your average array of instruments - guitar, drums, vocals, etcetera - HF craft beautiful, endearing pop tunes that should be enjoyed by anyone with a fondness for sweet melodies and pretty, almost Sparklehorse-esque atmospherics.

We start off with the heartwarming, Elf Power-tinged "Tractor Guy," which is an exciting and loose romp boasting some really nice, hushed vocals and a fun, intensely listenable song structure.  "Garfield and Valley," meanwhile, is irresistibly potent, twee-influenced pop with a cutesy, It's A Wonderful Life-style chorus.  Another highlight is the short hidden track, which is a simple, happy pop tune focused solely on the disc's main theme - rabbits.

All in all, this is a terrific pop EP that anyone should enjoy.  However, if you're interested, you'll need to act fast.  Songs from the Burrow is limited to 500 copies and you don't want to miss out, even if it's just for the cool cover and the little rabbit cut-out toy.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 5 tracks + 1 hidden, distributed by the label, released 2003]