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Fat Possum

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the era where indie rock will be defined by the fact that everyone and their brother can create music and get it out to the world affordably. By everyone, I mean my Grandpa Buddy, my dry cleaner, and Null_Objct. Of the three, I'm glad to say Null_Objct made it through, though I'd love to hear Grandpa Buddy's take on Hank Williams.

Regardless, this debut EP does come off as a very cheaply produced one-man home recording from Mr. Gary Hebert, who surely feels it is his duty and outlet to bring music to the world. The result of his efforts is a Galaxie 500-inspired take on electronic, vocal-free rock.

While it is not necessarily a bad release, it brings about more indifference to the listener than anything else. Many of the tracks sound sinewy or gaping, hitting too many hollow notes to truly resound. While "Artifact" is clearly the best track on the release, moving at the speed of an Aphex Twin spectacle, it sounds much like a backdrop to a Portishead track but does not have the elegant vocals of Beth Gibbons, and as a result feels like something is missing. It seems that maybe these tracks are not meant to stand on their own.

Tracks like "Nitrous" seem pieced-together in a way that is at times jarring, and at other times too monotonous and predictable, lacking a point of interest. An eye for improvement is definitely clear from the amount of effort poured into the tracks, but it feels as though Null_Objct may need more preparation before unleashing their debut.

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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