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"Boxed" CD

Datawaslost Records

Genres: indie pop, indie rock

PO Box 19401
Cincinnati, OH 45219

Mar 17 - 23 2003

Swissfarlo's Boxed is a pretty important release for Cincinnati indie label Datawaslost Records.  Not only is it a beautifully designed album, but it's also an actual CD release (a rare departure for the Datawaslost folks, who usually specialize in CDRs).  But is it any good?

Well, yes.  No surprise twist turns here; none of that "Well it's gotta be pretty good then, right?  NO." stuff.  This is a straightforward, fun album that will get any indie pop fan lovin' life to the fullest.  With their Sebadoh and Pavement influences firmly in tow, and a zest for recording carefree, playful college-road-trip pop numbers, Swissfarlo are already indie rock legends in the making.  Over the twelve songs on Boxed we're confronted with noisy guitar rock ("Her Life's Been Copied," "Expect Finer"), low-key folky stuff ("Roman Candle, "And I Digress"), and sugary candy-pop ("Oh No," "2nd or 3rd").  You know, everything that the discerning college rock snob in you likes.  While a few songs fall flat ("Proline" comes to mind...), on the majority these are very good tunes.  A few, like "Cans For Money" and "And I Digress" can even be considered minor classics.

All in all, Boxed is recommended to anyone with a heart to beat and a mouth to hum.


Fun Fact: Datawaslost members are also involved in numerous other Cincinnati outfits, including Gossett, Post-Haste, Structure Factor 8, Velcro One, and others.

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 songs, distributed by the label, released 2002]