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Hamster Dragster

Songs of Loss and Despair

(Metal Postcard; US: Available as import; UK: 26 Nov 2007)

I’m not entirely sure what would convince someone to release an EP like this. Songs of Loss and Despair is passable musically, if a little on the patchy side, as they piece together sampled chunks of “In The Year 2525” by Zager & Evans, “Pissing in a River” from Patti Smith, and Woodie Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” along with abrasive electronics into something like covers or reimaginings. As simple and disjointed as they are, there is a kind of logic to those instrumentals. However, all the vocals are provided by a demonic but monotonous Speak & Spell, which kills the EP as a whole. While the picture of a future dystopia as painted by the lyrics of Zager & Evans works in its own way, the vocals don’t make any sense for the other two songs. I respect the effort of trying to do something original, but let’s be honest; this is rubbish. You need to up your game, gentlemen.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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