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Loose Fur - Loose Fur

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Loose Fur - Loose Fur

16.99 22.99
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Sometime Sonic Youth member, laptop tinkerer, and all-round avant-garde luminary Jim O'Rourke is one of the most prolific musicians on the alternative rock scene, but thankfully, his quality threshold seldom slips, and Loose Fur--an album-length collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche--proves far from exceptional in that respect. Given the presence of song titles such as "Laminated Cat", you may have braced yourself for all manner of experimental tomfoolery. But Loose Fur remains a firmly song-based affair that finds Wilco's rustic alt-country edge submerged under O'Rourke's syrupy electronic tones and florid acoustic guitar work. Given the musical flexibility of all concerned, this sounds nowhere near as uncomfortable or difficult as it could: mostly, Tweedy takes the microphone, his dusty, heartfelt croon presiding over gorgeous eight-minute vistas of daze-inducing percussion, oddly oriental one-note machine tones, and repetitious guitar motifs. "So Long" is a rare jarring moment, mangled electronic guitar crunch jarring the purity of the graceful acoustic arpeggio line. But before you know it, even this moment of discord coalesces into one undeniably beautiful coda, a prime example of O'Rourke's ability to coax harmony from the oddest of tools. In all, this is a low-key joy. --Louis Pattison

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Sometime Sonic Youth member, laptop tinkerer, and all-round avant-garde luminary Jim O'Rourke is one of the most prolific musicians on the alternative rock scene, but thankfully, his quality threshold seldom slips, and Loose Fur--an album-length collaboration with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Glenn Kotche--proves far from exceptional in that respect. Given the presence of song titles such as "Laminated Cat", you may have braced yourself for all manner of experimental tomfoolery. But Loose Fur remains a firmly song-based affair that finds Wilco's rustic alt-country edge submerged under O'Rourke's syrupy electronic tones and florid acoustic guitar work. Given the musical flexibility of all concerned, this sounds nowhere near as uncomfortable or difficult as it could: mostly, Tweedy takes the microphone, his dusty, heartfelt croon presiding over gorgeous eight-minute vistas of daze-inducing percussion, oddly oriental one-note machine tones, and repetitious guitar motifs. "So Long" is a rare jarring moment, mangled electronic guitar crunch jarring the purity of the graceful acoustic arpeggio line. But before you know it, even this moment of discord coalesces into one undeniably beautiful coda, a prime example of O'Rourke's ability to coax harmony from the oddest of tools. In all, this is a low-key joy. --Louis Pattison