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With the release of These Factory Days, San Francisco's TARTUFI have further advanced upon their layered spectrum of sound by adding a third member to the band. Welcoming good friend Ben Thorne (Low Red Land, Minot) into the band to take over the role of bass player, Tartufi is now a fully realized machine. Whereas before Angel and Gorman preferred the whirlwind approach, favoring a systematic shock to the senses - with the addition of Thorne the band is able to utilize time and space to elicit an overall sense of complete synchronicity and total fluidity. If you thought you were in a strange alien river before then best grab a paddle because this river flows into the sea of sonic accord. Tartufi took over a year and a half to track and mix These Factory Days, once again with the aid of Tim Green (Melvins, Howlin Rain, Joanna Newsom, Fresh & Onlys) at Louder Studios and The Hangar, and also with Scott McDowell at Hyde Street.

Southern Records is the fitting new home for the brand new Boduf Songs album, an adventurous, unpredictable and exceptional piece of music, which marks the evolution of Mat Sweet’s sound from the minimalist acoustic approach he has previously taken on his four albums for the Kranky label, to a more adventurous and experimental treatment of his songs. Burnt Up On Re-Entry is a piece - an infinite space - where dark psychedelics are crafted using a combination of raw electronics, manipulated samples and heavy rock guitar.

Where once other instruments were rare interludes betwixt brooding vocals and carefully plucked guitar, now they have a much bigger part to play, shaping entire songs into an animated whole. The songcraft on Burnt Up On Re-Entry remains centered around a heavy melodic and melancholic core, which has been prevalent across the entire Boduf Songs canon. ‘Fiery The Angels Fell’, the album opener, is a fine example of this bold exploration into an even more dynamic form of composition. it begins with Mat Sweet’s hushed, mournful vocals and gentle string picks, but quickly picks up the tempo, pushes the electric guitar to escape velocity and lurches out of its gravitational field. ‘Vermin Rend Thy Garments’ and ‘Drexelious Sick Man Quarles Emblemes Closed Heaven’ shift the planet on its axis yet again, the latter morphing into pulsing electronic tones with unearthly vocals and haunting synthesesed dark matter. ‘Everyone Will Let You Down In The End’ appears provide a warm familiarity, but eventually a disturbance occurs within its uniformly rotating mass, before erupting in a supernova explosion. And when the album draws to a close with ‘Oh My Overlord’ we are left hurtling through blackness, as bleeping radio transmissions face in and out amidst epic, otherworldly instrumental soundscapes - we are lost in space, the place that Boduf Songs masterfully forges and envelopes the listener in. Burnt Up On Re-Entry is very much another galaxy for Boduf Songs, allowing Mathew Sweet to explore new black holes and interstellar clouds, resulting in expanding sounds that interact powerfully with his finely honed songwriting, and presenting new hypothesis of the universe. Grab your telescope and join him.

File Under: Rock For Fans of: Benoît Pioulard, Rivulets, Gravenhurst, Matt Elliott, Six Organs Of Admittance.


Millions Of Brazilians

Third album from this trio, based around the core instrumentation of two bass guitarists and a drummer. Recorded by John McEntire (Tortoise) the album has a much fuller, lush sound than their previous (Albini produced) sharper, straight ahead albums.

Brooding guitar tracks, built around a darkly textured rhthym section, strangely beautiful piano and topped with sung / slurred harmonized vocals.

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The Cat And The Cobra

New album from this Brooklyn 4 piece. Think The Jesus Lizard, Johnny Thunders, Dead Kennedys......

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