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Fizzle Like a Flood
Fizzle Like a Flood EP
Ernest Jenning Record Co.

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Avidly listening to music for many years now it is often great to discover something new and fresh, something to help ease the stale air floating around my stereo or inside my car, simply due to the fact that nothing new has hit in quite a while and there just seems to be nothing that looks desirable at first glance through the ol' record collection.

The name Fizzle Like a Flood was familiar to me and it eventually dawned on me that the recollection came from browsing the Saddle Creek Web Boards, home to a number of threads about this one man army. Fizzle Like a Flood is the brain-child of Omaha native Doug Kabourek, who, on his latest EP shows that there is more to Omaha than whiny, whoa-is-me folk rock and the Saddle Creek militia.

"Shutters Open" and "I Love the Fuck" catch the ears and demonstrate a beautiful layering of keyboards and guitar, sequencer in tow, and despite the title of the latter, the song is not offensive. They are perfectly paired and beautifully orchestrated, a music melding of body and soul. But here the proverbial carpet is ripped right out from under the listener as haunting piano gives way to a stripped down sound. The carpet finds its way back beneath the ass the listener was knocked onto for a magic ride which continues for most of the remaining tracks. The eponymous EP soars as the beautiful piano maintains its position at the forefront, with "Rides to Get High" sounding like the song Ben Folds wished he had written, complete with all the swearing an initial listen might have looked for in "I Love the Fuck". The closing track, "Shutters Closed" is a wonderful homage to Isn't Anything era My Bloody Valentine, and it makes the EP worth buying even if it were the only song on here. Thankfully for the salivating listener, Fizzle Like a Flood has produced more than one spectacular song for the new year.

So to Doug I say thank you for the refreshing breath of air and for making an EP short enough to make me crave more. Anticipation, after all, can make the heart grow fonder.

Reviewed by Jake M. Rizy
A contributing writer for LAS who lives in Arlington, Texas.

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