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Places to Hide: Wild N Soft

Places to Hide, perhaps unwittingly, furthers the argument for vinyl’s superior sound quality as the fidelity of Wild N Soft’s competing sides are called into question.


Places to Hide

Wild N Soft

Label: Tiny Engines
US Release Date: 2014-09-30
UK Release Date: 2014-09-30
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In a modern punk counterpoint to the Who’s "My Generation" and Neil Young’s "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" carpe diem ethoi, Atlanta, Georgia foursome Places to Hide hazily urge one to "Work less / Never die" on the throbbing, bass-modulated "Nowhere Bound", the final track off their four-song Wild N Soft release. Nearly as long as its preceding three songs combined, the song’s stoned free association foregoes the overdriven wall of fuzz that marks the opening title track and "Dogz", which accounts for today’s attention span by making the lifespan of a fruit fly seem like an epoch in its brevity. "Cough Syrup", with its low end groove and jangly power chord charge, signifies the dichotomy of the two-sided monster that is Wild N Soft: issued on 7” vinyl, the A-side being drowned in sound with its fragmentary lyrics fleetingly audible in electronic format, the latter relishing in drawn-out, THC-induced excess. Much like Neil Young’s documented and crowd-funded complaints about the inferiority of digital music, Places to Hide, perhaps unwittingly, furthers the argument for vinyl’s superior sound quality as the fidelity of Wild N Soft’s competing sides are called into question.

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