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My Shell - My Dear Killer - Atlas Cedar

Under My Bed Recordings: An EP Collection

Year Released: 2005
Format: CD
Label: Under My Bed
Reviewed by Gareth L on Jun 13, 2007
It took me a while to figure out who was who on this CD as the tracklisting is in the wrong order and there seem to be mistakes with the track numbering, but I think I've got it now.

There are 3 seperate EPs on here, by 3 different artists. Firstly we have My Shell (6 tracks), who play a whispery, lo-fi style of folk music which sounds like it could have actually been recorded under a bed. It's nice stuff - the track 'Fly In Broken Glass' stands out. It's hard to find a comparison as I know very little about this kind of music but it's very dreamy and sweet; the singer has a really warm voice and my only complaint is that the sound doesn't stray very far from one song to the next but I suppose that's only natural for this genre.

Next is My Dear Killer (5 tracks), who are more experimental and weird and the stand-out band for me; they use lots of electronic effects, the vocals are echoed and layered and it has much more of a post-rock feel. There are some nice soundscapes going on that don't really sound as good as they should because of the rather tinny production but the way this band build up and bring down the songs works really well.

Finally comes Atlas Cedar (6 tracks), who are musically somewhere in the middle of the previous two bands. It's slightly more upbeat and poppy than My Shell but still has a really sad overtone. It's again rooted in folk but has an electric guitar over the top of a lot of stuff which works pretty well and adds something different.

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