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Tree Records

Rating: 7/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Pinback offer up four arrangements of modernist techni-pop on their debut Tree release, four songs that could have probably fit on a 7" single. The opening and title track blends some drum and bass nicely together with piano samples and hushed vocals. The only problem being that the piano has a suspicious Moby flavor to it and the vocals are molded in identical fashion to Fatboy Slim's. "Manchuria" opens up with another piano tune, this time sounding exactly like Fatboy Slim noodling over and under a mid-80's prog-wave synth line. The only track that doesn't label itself with someone else's name is the closing "June" with its catch chorus and melancholy piano and bass lead.

I really do enjoy electronic music with a post-rock crossover, such as what Pinback has put together on this EP, but, sadly, I don't know that much about it, apparently. Even so, being the novice that I am, it seems incredibly obvious that everyone is using the same programs to write this type of music and the same sounds as samples and references. Pinback aren't the only offenders out there and they actually come across much better than many of their peers. This album is played well, produced well and delivered well, which doesn't come as much of a surprise when you consider the portfolios that the members built in the bands 3 Mile Pilot and Heavy Vegetable, but many of the arrangements seem to be lazy cop-outs that don't drive the listener any further than their previous works. Pinback are good. This album is good. Pinback are definitely better than this album.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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