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Head Like a Kite

There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere

(Mush; US: 20 May 2008; UK: Unavailable)

Again produced and mixed by Brian Deck of Modest Mouse and Iron & Wine fame, the sophomore album from Head Like a Kite continues the found sound and Super 8 home movie sampling as filtered through LCD Soundsystem style electro pop. Like the debut, Sushirobo founder Dave Einmo’s guitar sound still apes late ‘90s, but the synth programming has clearly evolved. Tossing in the odd bit of string and street noise, the compositions on There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere seem more confident and developed across the board. “We Were So Entangled” sounds like the DFA producing a new Capitol K track, with a raunchy synth lead, repeating megaphone vocals, pounding drums, funky electric guitar, and a touch of brass and glitch. It is a born single. “Big FM Radio Hit” probably won’t be as it says, but as a straight-ahead rocker with a memorable “alright” rock chorus, it deserves a lot of indie play. All that adds up to about the most widely accessible record released by Mush in recent memory.

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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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