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Many Birthdays

"The Abstract Door" CDR

Red Cake Records

Genres: indie pop, indie rock, lo-fi

band website

May 3 - 9 2004

The Abstract Door is quite a mixed bag.  In twenty songs, Many Birthdays have managed to create a thoroughly engaging - and thoroughly confusing - album.  These tunes do not adhere to any one style; instead, they bask in their own eclectic, unpredictable nature.  Some of this is strictly experimental.  Some is festively melodic.  Some is squiggly and electronic.  This mixture may be somewhat off-putting to your average indie pop fan, but I believe there's enough here to maintain one's attention for quite some time.

Many Birthdays' DIY spirit is quite in the spotlight on The Abstract Door.  "Rocks and Sound," for example, relies on a catchy vocal melody sung atop bouncy drums and sparse electronics.  As a single, it isn't the strongest tune, but it does make for a neat nugget in the context of this disc's other nineteen songs.  "Better To Walk" is a rock-based tune not far from The The's "Global Eyes" (off of Naked Self), "Ironic Tunnel" is a bit of spacey folk-rock, and "130th Dream" is pure instrumental bliss, as catchy as all heck.

This album is extremely fun.  Its variety makes for an entertaining, exciting listen, and it's quite clear throughout that Many Birthdays have a strong love for music.  Forget pretension - this is where it's at.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 20 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]