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Tim Mungenast

"The Un-Stableboy" CD

Goat River Productions

Genres: pop, psychedelic rock, indie rock

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 Nov 25 - Dec 1 2002

Tim Mungenast's The Un-Stableboy is certainly an interesting release. Taking influences from bands like The Byrds, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, it's amazing how contemporary his sound his.

Take "Lithium Statement," for example. A dreamy, psychedelic ride, it starts off with a nice Byrds-esque guitar feel, and then rockets to the moon in a tidal wave of outer-limits guitar soloing, only to fall back to earth in the final minute. Meanwhile, "Dead Tree Stroll" is a relaxed tune with male/female vocals and nice guitar stroking in the background. When the drums come in, the piece becomes even more pleasant, with a very nice melody to boot. "He Is Radio" is also a nice tune, with a feel similar to that of many sixties pop groups and a great "doo-doo-doo" chorus. Alternatively, there's "Yarmouth Nocturne (for Ginny)," a sparse, calm piece that is comprised of a guitar stroke repeated over and over in an experimental, yet very compelling style.

Altogether, Tim Mungenast's album is a very nice one, with lots of interesting conventions on old sixties and seventies ideas. Mixing psychedelia and pop seamlessly, there isn't much to complain about here. While the vocals do take some time to get used to, all in all this makes for a very enjoyable release.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks; distributed by the artist; released 2002]