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Student Film
Winter
self-released

Rating: 6.5/10 ?


March 23, 2007
It turns out The Flaming Lips aren't the only decent indie act in Oklahoma. In fact, it turns out the Sooner State has been nurturing a few promising acts, the most notable of which might turn out to be the art-rock quartet Student Film.

The first of four planned seasonally-titled EPs, Winter is a five-song, eighteen minute offering that has a clear weakness, but still showcases enough to mentally bookmark the band as one to watch. With help from various members of fellow Oklahoman outfit Starlight Mints, including production assistance and Steven Stark on cello, the album is a melting pot of various indie rock stylings outfitted with lyrical vents against government and religion.

Frontman Justin Rice projects his tenor quite well, evoking comparisons to Jonathon Newby of Brazil. At times, the lo-fi production of tracks like "F.B.I." rubs Rice a bit too raw, but when allowed polishing, his impressive vocal statements shine, as exemplified by the haunting "I Am Finite," with its blend of harmonies atop militant rhythms.

"Merton," Winter's longest track, serves as the EP's highlight. Early on in the track Stark's cello work keeps everything from falling apart, but somehow the band manages to come back with an impressive build.

Winter certainly has its drawbacks, particularly in the production department, and at times the band comes off as simply trying to hard to be noticed. Then again, there's enough life to know that for Student Film, the best is yet to come.

Reviewed by Matt Conner
A contributing writer, Matt Conner lives in Anderson, Indiana.

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