Friday, March 21, 2008

First impressions of ... Mt. Wilson Repeater's self-titled debut

Not much is out there yet about Mt. Wilson Repeater's self-titled debut (which will be released April 15 on Eastern Fiction), but I do know that it is the brainchild of Jim Putnam of Merge recording artists the Radar Bros. And, since that band has always been a favorite of mine -- as you may already know from my "Don't Tell a Soul" mix tapes -- I am going into this initial spin with high hopes indeed.


1. "Canmtady"
A meandering, low-key intro that is a nice companion piece to the last song I was listening to before it (Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt").

2. "Out Country Way"
In sharp contrast to the album opener, this upbeat gem -- an easy recommendation for fellow Built to Spill fanatics -- is the ideal song for ushering in the new spring season. (For followers of this blog, this definitely has "Don't Tell a Soul" written all over it.)

3. "Island in the Sun"
Sadly, no Weezer cover here ... just kidding, how awkward would that be? In all seriousness, another beautifully sculpted gem. I'm really starting to dig this Putnam side project.

4. "Pencils/Pens"
Reminds me of Track 2, but in the best way possible: With songwriting of this caliber, how does Putnam continue to put out Radar Bros. records too? (That group also released an album already this year, "Auditorium.")

5. "Basketball Song"
Another golden meditation like "Canmtady." I can definitely see some quirky independent filmmaker using a majority of these tracks for a number of different scenes.

6. "All Night Every Day" (click through for a free MP3!)
I think I heard this last night in one of my night tremors....

7. "The Conversation"
Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to soul-search.

8. "Everyone Say Hello"
Kind of a somber affair -- though it could also pass as a lullaby. Yadig? (I sure hope so.)

9. "In the Week of a Whale"
A builder with no big payoff. Still, you have to hand it to him for coming up with such memorable atmospheric noodlings.

10. "Maid Marion"
Another bright spot -- perhaps what it would sound like if you were listening to Big George Webley's cover of "Handbags and Gladrags" underwater after midnight in some southern full moon fever-type swamp. (Still haven't figured out the schematics of this one yet....)

11. "Tether in the Haze"
Absolutely gorgeous. Putnam's lyrics add a lot to his musical creations.

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