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The Hundred in the Hands

This Desert EP

(Warp; US: 18 May 2010; UK: Import)

Whether it is recreating the sounds of Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music like he did with his old group the Boggs or crafting vintage ‘80s synth-pop melancholy alongside Eleanor Everdell as the Hundred in the Hands, Jason Friedman has spent the last decade proving his worth as one of the lost treasures of the New York City music scene. This beautiful six-song EP is just a taste of things to come for THITH and their cool hark back to the days of the Durutti Column and Scritti Politti until their eponymous full-length debuts this fall on Warp. If it encompasses songs that are anywhere near as good as “Tom Tom” and “Dressed in Dresden”, we are in for quite a treat.

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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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