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Ann Arbor

A Long Trip

Year Released: 2002
Format: CD
Label: Field
Reviewed by Andy Malcolm on Jun 13, 2007
I apologise to the lovely Tim for taking a whole aeon to review this. I really do. But now that I have, I am thinking maybe he will review the stuff I sent him to review for the C. So it's a bit of a tradeoff. That's how this reviewing business works - a backhander here, maybe a sexual favour there, and then a little creative accountancy.

Ok, Ann Arbor is a Leicester based band playing instrumental stuffage, and they have a drum machine. I think? That's what I was told a while back and it sounds like a machine! I can't tell for sure, I got a CDR. They are ex-members of the rather good Half Seas Over, and this is their first release. And it's pretty decent stuff, clocking in at around 30 minutes, which is just about right. Musically it fits in with some of the Gringo Records output, so I guess the influences are the same aswhoever influenced early Reynolds and Hirameka Hi Fi and all that jazz. Not that it's jazz. Do you see? I presume you see, because you are reading this. Unless you have one of those super clever PC's that actually reads out text to you. Nice! Hello if you are a person with this type of PC! Anyways, lets talk about music. Some of their stuff is beats based electronica, and I would have to admit that I really don't like much beats in my electronica, I can handle Cex but mostly I just like the melodic stuff. Luckily Ann Arbor don't go overboard on this and spazz my brain out. Appreciated! When Ann Arbor don't do electronica they are doing their instrumental rock that is apparently sorta like Shellac. Being an emo kid I don't listen to Shellac. Sorry. So I have not many points of reference. I can only say it sounds like mathy-rock with complex guitars that still have melodic elements and a bit of a groove. It's rather fine when all is said and done. And all is said and done, I don't really know this type of music enough to witter on for hours like a muso.

So, well, sorry again Tim for being shit and taking a thousand jahre to review your record. It is good! I hope to meet you again some day! Thank you for sending me this!

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