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Hanoi Janes

Year of Panic

(Captured Tracks; US: ; UK: Import)

In the classic fashion of the elite acts on Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks imprint, German pop savant Oliver Scharf likes to pack million dollar melodies into a milk money budget. On Year of Panic, Scharf’s buoyant debut album under the moniker of Hanoi Janes, he conjures up the kind of harmonies commonplace at Phil Spector’s Gold Star Studios. However, these big pop gems enjoy the frugality of being taped onto an eight-track recorder, and that gives this collection of songs the same kind of experimental crackle you might find on an Animal Collective disc, which creates a kind of cool sonic dichotomy.

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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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