|the gifted children : the portable sun|
(July 14, 2011)
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|Description from tinhorn planet:|
|the portable sun, the latest EP from the gifted children, was recorded using only the built-in microphone on an
iPhone and an app called 'Multitrack'...
using this restriction as a tool rather than a hindrance, the gifted children have carefully crafted a surprisingly
great-sounding EP, containing a lot of varied sounds: |
'the rapture is a wash' and 'lie detectors' are mostly acoustic, with double-tracked drums, pianos, harmonicas, and pretty vocal harmonies. 'cemetery photo club' fills out a short vocal passage with ebows, staccato piano and frenetic drumming, while 'dark heart' closes out the first side with a simple piano and vocal line which explodes into fuzz bass and droning saxophones.
the second side begins in classic gifted children style: short, quirky indie rock with a hook that purposely ends shortly after it begins. 'the short sugar' features a great little group singalong, something that is becoming more frequent for the gifted children lately. 'parenthetical nashville blues' is a beautiful piece of melancholy, bringing a quiet moment to the EP before the title track closes things out with a gradually building array of instruments, including guitars, pianos, banjos, saxophones and the unmistakable voice of pam swarts.
once again, there are a ton of ideas packed into this 13-minute EP, but it somehow remains coherent. pre-ordering for the limited edition vinyl version has ended, but you can still order the CD version through Paypal.