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Jen Olive

Warm Robot

(Ape House; US: 30 Mar 2010; UK: 30 Mar 2010)

If there is one thing that can be said about XTC frontman Andy Partridge’s near 35 years in the music industry, it’s that the man definitely knows good quality modern pop. So, the fact that this quirky singer/songwriter he hails as an ‘‘astounding allegro algorithm from Albuquerque” appealed to him enough to sign her to his critically lauded boutique label Ape House Records should come as no surprise. And better yet, Partridge worked right alongside Jen Olive on her sophomore LP, Warm Robot, ensuring that these 12 tracks optimize the pure brilliance of this promising artist’s tightrope walk between an Americanized strain of Juana Molina’s glitch folk fantasia and Kate Bush’s art pop coo, crafting a sound as unique as Olive herself.

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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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