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Botany

Feeling Today

(Western Vinyl; US: 16 Aug 2011; UK: 16 Aug 2011)

Review [9.Nov.2010]

Texan sound magician Spencer Stephenson gives us a taste of what is likely to follow in what we can all hope is a long and prosperous career. Using samples from bygone eras and wisely employing the sanguine singing of Ashley Rathburn, Stephenson creates an astonishingly strong EP with Feeling Today. If the dreamy pop of “Minnow Theme” doesn’t hook you then perhaps the otherworldly sculpturing of “Feeling Today” will. It’s hard to say with all sincerity that Stephenson offers much that’s novel but then again neither does water––and you can see how that hasn’t become any less necessary of late. Methinks maybe Stephenson hasn’t truly found his voice yet and, given that he’s 22, that’s hardly a surprise. But what voice is there? Well. We’ll keep listening though. Won’t we?

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Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. He holds an MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University and hosts Strange Currency six nights week for Wichita Public Radio. His writing has appeared in No Depression and The Crab Orchard Review as well as at websites such as Ytsejam.com and Amazon.com.


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