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Howard Hello
Temporary Residence Ltd.

Rating: 6.5/10 ?

May 3, 2005
For those that don't know the story behind Hello Howard, let's catch you up: the band is composed of two main veteran indie rock performers, Kenseth Thibideau and Marty Anderson. Thibideau has been involved in Tarentel, the prog-metal outfit Sleeping People, and is currently playing live with Pinback, while Anderson was once/is part of Dilute and Okay. For their current release, Anderson sat out on the sidelines, busy creating work for his Okay project (although apparently still part of Howard Hello), as Thibideau proceeded as the band's main creative force.

To make up for Anderson's absence, several names were thrown into the mix including Zach Hill (of Hella), Amber Coffman, Chelsea Rose, and Shizuka Hyashi. The level of professionalism from the supporting cast is apparent by the quality of the playing throughout four songs and over 20 minutes. Then again, the music does not demand much from its players as ambient trickles of guitar or keyboard melodies are quickly discovered and then looped for the remainder of each composition.

That's not to say this is an exercise on how to use the loop pedal, but tracks are focused around short-winding, basic, repetitive note arrangements similar in part to the controlled dark meanderings of American Football and Tristeza. Within EP, there is something deeper; edges of both Laetitia Sadier-like (Stereolab) vocal styles and a pop psychedelics bring warmth to a creation that is otherwise uninspired and stale.

Most importantly, Howard Hello applies a theme to the entire piece: the first and last tracks - comically entitled "More of the Same" and "Even More of the Same" - implicate connections to pre-existing patterns of the group and give this release a feel of representing reinterpreted thoughts through one shoegazing flow. To those that don't enjoy patient music that blooms on its own terms, this is not for you. Everyone else should sit tight and relax.

Reviewed by Josh Zanger
Joshua Ian Zanger, a native of rural Chicago, rocks many a world with his writing, style, and generally sweet aroma.

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