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Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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satanstompingcaterpillars
Flower Sides
Fuckeroo Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Satanstompingcaterpillars is Tom Fec. He wrote and recorded everything on Flower Slides himself, with a four track recorder. Fec, formerly know as Allegheny White Fish, has recorded six records prior to this one, all on four track as well. He claims that he is "starting to love the way it sounds." I have to agree. There is a remarkable brilliance and lo-fi magic to this record. The sound that's presented is in no way a simple one. The songs float freely with a quiet complexity. Long slow instrumentals are like lullabies. Softly plucked acoustic guitar is the melody maker while the distorted droning beat of a very different drum toils in the background. Various keys, and who knows what else, fill in the spaces. When Fec decides to sing, his vocals are broken but heartfelt. They fall against the music like rain against the sidewalk. Seven tracks appear on the sleeve of the disc, but apparently that is a printing error and there should only be six tracks. However, there is a hidden track, number twenty, which is my favorite on the record. The first six are pleasant, peaceful, and memorable tunes, but that last one is the anchor that holds the others in place.

Ideally, Tom Fec will change the name for his project to something cool and no one will attempt to over produce his music in the future. The charm lies in the modesty of it's recording.

Reviewed by Ryan Guffey


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