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Looper

Up a Tree

(Sub Pop)

Having cornered the market on indie pop cool with Belle & Sebastian, bassist Stuart David steps out on his own with Looper, a poetic performance art ensemble that includes his wife, visual artist Karn David. Boasting a mixture of spoken word poetry, lo-fi pop, vocal samples, gentle guitar strumming and keyboard noodlings, Up A Tree winningly meanders through love and life stories, children’s voices and a clanging typewriter setting the tone of the album. A mellow, literate vibe pervades this record, but this is not to be listened to as background music. Brew a pot of tea, kick back and enjoy David’s enjoyable yarns.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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