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Brown Recluse

The Soft Skin EP

(Slumberland; US: 8 Sep 2009; UK: Import)

While the world waits for the anticipated debut LP from psych-pop revivalists Brown Recluse, making sure you check out the Philadelphia-based band’s latest EP, The Soft Skin. While its cover might seem like a nod to the legendary Britpop mystery men the La’s, the sound this group conveys on the four-song follow-up to 2006’s Black Sunday EP is a further enhancement of the lush, pastoral ear candy these guys have been working hard to perfect. And as evident on songs such as “Rotten Tangerines” and “Rainy Saturday”, cut at 45 RPM speed to achieve maximum sonic velocity, it seems as though the band’s Odessey and Oracle-era Zombies-translate-the-Os Mutantes-songbook style is reaching an exciting climax. With each listen of this excellent EP, that upcoming to-be-titled full-length seems more and more promising.

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Ron Hart is currently enjoying his 11th year as a professional music journalist. In addition to PopMatters, he has also written for such publications as CMJ, Billboard.com, SPIN.com, The Village Voice, Gear, Paper, SHOUT NY, Paperthinwalls.com, Blender, Yellow Rat Bastard, Good Times, Paste, and Barnesandnoble.com among others. He is also the editor and publisher of the Interboro Rock Tribune, a free NYC music zine now in its 6th year in print. Please give us traffic on our website at http://www.irtmag.com.


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