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Hrududu Factory
Songs From The Burrow
Shmat Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
When I was a kid, our family dog was this half-blind old beagle named Butch whose only joy in life was chasing rabbits. Slowed by age, his days as a fearsome hunter had long since passed and you got the feeling that the rabbits he pursued took part in the chase just to humor the old guy. In fact, when Butch got too far behind they'd wait for him to catch him, then take off when he got close enough to smell victory.

Sadly, Butch is gone, having shuffled off this mortal coil years ago. It's too bad. I wish he could have stuck around a while longer so he could hear Hrududu Factory's Songs From The Burrow EP. I think he would have rather enjoyed it, that is if a dog's sense of hearing would even allow such a thing. Maybe it's for the best. He probably would have just howled all the way through it or tried to eat it or piss all over it.

And that would be a tragedy because I'd have gotten over him chewing up some old tennis shoe, but if I were to ever lose or damage this CD, I would weep like child who dropped his ice cream cone on the sidewalk.

Hruduru Factory makes shimmering, playful psychedelic folk pop about cute little critters and human existence in an unforgiving modern age that raises the ante for Grandaddy and The Flaming Lips. Gorgeous, sunny melodies are propelled by lightly strummed or picked acoustic guitar, clip-clop percussion and warm, echoing keyboard flourishes. The whispery vocals sound like Grandaddy's Jason Lytle doing his impression of Elliott Smith. Or vice versa.

"Family Car" is sweeping in the grandeur of a chorus floating over a sea of recorded, unintelligible conversation. Opening with the lyric, "You make your promises/ to the matré di/who says your not worthy/getting a special table/with the porno stars/I think it's the way you comb your hair" the song expresses a longing for acceptance from unimpressed peers, something a lot of people can relate to. On the other hand, "Tractor Song" tells the story of a deranged farmer bent on destroying the habitat of defenseless bunnies.

At times both whimsical and philosophical, Songs From The Burrow is blissful, leftfield pop that astonishes with every listen. Unfortunately, only 500 copies have been pressed. If you can find it, buy it. Do it for yourself. Do it for Butch. Do it for the rabbits. Just don't let this gem go unheard.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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