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(Transparent/Exit Stencil; US: 8 Feb 2011; UK: 8 Feb 2011)

For the indie minded individual, a band named “Herzog” may immediately bring to mind German filmmaker Werner Herzog, and set speculations soaring over the possibility of a musical equivalent to Herzog’s films. Herzog, formed in Cincinnati, by Nick Tolar, is not that band. True, film references do spice up Herzog’s otherwise unremarkable lyrics: “Paul Blart and the Death of Art” contemplates whether an in-flight movie will be the last one the protagonist ever sees, while “Living Alone” name checks Being John Malkovich screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. Otherwise, Herzog are far from cinematic in sound or themes. The young man wrestling a quarter life crises has been exposed on film many times over and seems to be something which fascinates Tolar; but his songs just give the basics. They are more home movie than worldly documentary. Likewise, Herzog’s sound is more ‘90s indie revivalist than sweeping bombast. Luckily, Tolar’s take on ‘90s indie is tuneful enough that none of this matters.

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