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Fat Possum
Beans
Tired Snow EP
Zum Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
I had a daydream that I sat down with the guys of Beans in a little diner somewhere in Vancouver. I lean towards one of them and put a boombox on the table. I press play and it's their Tired Snow EP. A few moments pass as they happily recognize the sound of their own music. Now my innocent request - "Show me your favorite part of this EP" -leaves them dumbfounded. One of them stares at the table and says "I like pretty much all of it...I think it's a really good EP in the vein of John Fahey, the For Carnation and Black Heart Procession."

I reawake from my daydream. This is the perfect EP. for a cold day in October. I'd also call this a good disc to listen to in a hot bath tub with the lights out. From the sad sounding vocals to the eerie samples "Tired Snow" is a good example of an exercise in environmental alteration. Putting this disc on changes even the sunniest, warmest place into a desolate and downright spooky one. This is where these guys really succeed and they can do it better than anyone else I've heard recently. Maybe it's something about Vancouver that makes them write this way. Whatever it is they do it very well and you can tell it comes from their hearts and not some preconceived notion to be in a "sadcore" band. I'm still a little confused about why they would name their band BEANS, but good for them, it's refreshing. This CD is essential fall listening but might be even more perfect for a long dark drive as long as you can lay down in the back seat with a blanket and be lulled to sleep by it. Soothing and wonderful.

Reviewed by Christopher Ashworth
A native of Geneva (the one outside of Chicago, not the one on the lake in the corner of Switzerland) and former contributor to LAS, Christopher Ashworth enjoys listening to Mt. St. Helens albums and reading Cat Fancy magazine.

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