Ilyatic Summer Blues, Part 1

by Michael Rings

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A one-man, 4-track recording made in a wood-paneled bedroom, Laughter Has Long Legs’ first EP is not so much intimate as claustrophobic. Mike Rings’ multi-tracked vocals unfurl alien melismas over a thick and broken clutter of guitars, synths, and unexpected percussion (water-cooler bottle, crumpled paper, boxes and bags of broken glass and crockery).

This mad scrabble of sound is wrapped around a trio of songs about leaving one place, arriving another, and finding yourself already there—in a house built of sound at the edge of a wood where death hovers on salty wings. This is maximalist music on an intimate scale, a dense and dizzying combination of musique concrete and art-damaged chamber pop that will intrigue fans of Xiu Xiu, U.S. Maple, Dirty Projectors, and Animal Collective.

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released January 15, 2010

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Ego Plum is an American musician, award-winning composer, and producer from Los Angeles, CA. His style stems from a variety of unconventional influences: The jazz of Raymond Scott, the spastic stop-and-go arrangements of Carl Stalling, the frenetic energy of music groups like Oingo Boingo, Devo, The Residents, and The Dead Kennedy's, with haunting beauty of Franz Waxman and Bernard Herrmann. ... more

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