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Fat Possum
The Lakewood
Bubblecore Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
You know Euphone, right? You're thinking indie rock mixed with a bit of dub, a little jazz, right? Euphone have been around for a while, and you think you know them. It is quite possible that you may have heard them before, in the past, but if you haven't heard Euphone lately you'll be in for a treat with The Lakewood.

Beginning in the mid 1990s as the solo project of drummer Ryan Rapsys Euphone doubled in size with the addition of Nick Macri, Rapsys' bass playin' band mate in Heroic Doses. Last year Euphone grew to triple the original size when the duo added Jeremy Jacobsen of the Lonesome Organist to take on keyboard duties, and they also threw another twist into the Euphone playbook by adding vocals to their already eclectic mix. All of this jumbling of pieces has played itself out in the new Euphone release on Bubblecore, The Lakewood. This latest 7-song offering is a sprawling affair remarkable not only for the dexterousness of the music, but for the fact that it is a record wrought with self-sufficiency. The Lakewood is written, played, engineered and produced entirely by the band and the result is a half-hour long lulling amalgam of jazz, rock, dub, Latin sounds and an experimental flair that puts the art in art-rock.

Euphone is a heavy mix of sounds, to be sure, but the atmosphere is never stifling and always inviting, with a quirkiness that is laid-back, almost carnival-like at times. If you've found yourself with a hankering for any of their past releases I'm sure that you'll find The Lakewood to your liking, and if you're new to the Euphone school this as good a place as any to get educated.

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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