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Merz

Presume Too Much

(High Wire; US: Unavailable; UK: Unavailable; Internet release date: 19 Aug 2008)

Fans of Merz based in Europe can stop reading now—chances are, they’ve already heard everything that his new EP has to offer, given that everything on it is pulled directly from his latest album Moi et Mon Camion, which was released this past March.  Presume Too Much is intended for American audiences, you see, to warm us up for the release of that same album, supposedly sometime in early ‘09.  For now, what we get is this digital-only release, featuring four tracks of utterly pleasing lite-folk that actually contains very little of the electronic noodling and skittering that brought him to the attention of major labels back in 1999, a formula that brought him critical acclaim and retail apathy.  Presume Too Much is the sound of an artist matured by hardship and pain (opening track “Eviction Song” was written after Merz was actually evicted and opens with the sound of a leaving moving van), yet one whose commitment to his craft was never in doubt.  The title track is a lovely slice of well-produced pop goodness, while the two tracks that close the EP, “Call Me” and “Silver Moon Ladders”, reveal an artist not afraid to look at the sky and find meaning in the clouds.  Presume Too Much is a perfect re-introduction to American audiences, hopefully a prologue to a more successful second go in the States.

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Mike Schiller is a software engineer in Buffalo, NY who enjoys filling the free time he finds with media of any sort -- music, movies, and lately, video games. Stepping into the role of PopMatters Multimedia editor in 2006 after having written music and game reviews for two years previous, he has renewed his passion for gaming to levels not seen since his fondly-remembered college days of ethernet-enabled dorm rooms and all-night Goldeneye marathons. His three children unconditionally approve of their father's most recent set of obsessions.


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