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Rusty Santos
Bad is Good
Self-released

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Sparse, sweet, and Asian inspired, Rusty Santos' introduction takes as much from the Silver Jews as it does the Magnetic Fields. His songs are intimate and well-constructed, yet full of unexpected sounds and his own personal fetishes.

"High Road" begins things with unassuming, minimalist acoustic whispering, but on "Karasu Princess," we see that his intentions are not always so easy to pin down. At first, the introduction of video game sounding bleeps is reminiscent of the silly irreverence of All-Time Quarterback, but as the track decomposes into messily scrawled shouting and spanking noises, he shows his truly original colors.

The songs on Bad is Good are consistently short, lo-fi, and intriguing. At best, they are shrewdly recognizable, and at worst, they can be self-indulgent. "Dalai Lama" is a crossroads where everything he's attempting comes together. It has a distinct melody without being plainly melodic, and its organic structure and vocal tampering maintain an interesting focal point.

Fans of the artier inclinations of Blonde Redhead shouldn't find any of this too shocking, as it replicates their efforts in "Mother" in several different attempts. Many of Santos' cuts are similarly saved by their short duration, as they do not have enough time to cross the line between interesting and shrill. If your tastes lie in the nontraditional, there are many details to pick apart on Bad is Good, and otherwise, it may not satisfy the listener who is yearning for more than an observation piece.

Reviewed by Sarah Peters
A former music editor and staff writer for LAS, Sarah Peters recently disappeared. Perhaps one day she will surface again, who knows.

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