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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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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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