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The Steve Christy EP
Anechoic Recordings

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
I constantly confuse lowercase L's with 1's and uppercase i's. Leave it to me, then, to get Olo's The Steve Christy EP in my mailbox. Right now, I will just tell the members of the band, if the name of your band is not Olo with an L, then I am sorry, but I am pretty sure it is, so that's what I have been calling it.

With that over and done with, on with the review…

This is not your regular 4-song EP, at least not length-wise, in that The Steve Christy EP lasts about thirty-three minutes. It's pretty long, for an EP. I don't know if you find that pertinent to the topic at hand, but I was just kind of surprised, that's all.

Olo's third release is almost completely instrumental and follows a pretty standard format, that being start off slow, hardly audible, then get more and more involved, more complicated, then slow down, becoming again barely audible, then start with the next song, following the same cycle. There are no surprises, no short stops, no short starts, at least not in the beginning or end of each song.

This is not to say, however, The Steve Christy EP is predictable, or bad, for that matter. It is neither.

The first song, "Death through habitual living," starts off, like I'm sure you assumed, barely audible, remaining that way for a little under a minute, then it opens up a bit with what I believe to be a cornet. Also included are subdued drums, keyboard, and some guitar, all four continuing, all subdued most of the time but taking the spotlight a little every once in a while. This lasts more or less without interruption until the sound starts building up around the sixth minute of the song, and by the seventh vocals are included, as everything comes together in a really beautiful minute or two, before it starts to get a little boring, then disintegrates again into the next song. This song is The Steve Christy EP at its best, using the aforementioned formula to create great music.

The last song, "press jump button makes jumpman jump" is also a nice one, with basically the same formula, this time using a fluegel horn instead of a cornet. Even though I know it sounds nothing at all like it, every time I hear a few seconds around the first minute of the song, I think of Marvin Gaye's "Lets Get It On." Please don't think there is a reason, because there isn't, but its just this little loop part and it reminds me of it. It does make me like the song more, though, so I guess that's good. They use a Hefner-sounding synthesizer about midway through the song a lot, but, after a while, it starts to get a little annoying. Luckily, they cut it out after a while, so it doesn't really take much away from the song.

The Steve Christy EP has its moments. Sometimes the moments go a little too long and you get sick of them, but you have to remember they had been moments just a few seconds ago.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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