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click to enlarge Mark Mangini Loss Album Cover

Mark Mangini
Loss
(Pencil Ghost)

A new 7-inch from the local visual and sound artist. The only downside to this record is that as soon as you get into Mangini's ambient psych zone during the first track, it ends and you have to flip the record to get to the B-side. Track one ("Another, Again") starts with a nonverbal vocalization repeating like a mantra; track two ("Chemicals") utilizes repetitive guitar strumming and panning techniques to create a moving (and eventually swelling) drone — listen on headphones and you might start moving your head to the rhythm without realizing it. Cool stuff as always from Mangini.

Instead of Sleeping Young Lungs Album cover

Instead of Sleeping
Young Lungs
(Self-released)

New full-length from the polished and talented local indie-rock quartet. On this Marc McClusky-produced record, the band travels further in the direction of sonic experimentation — in some spots showcasing interesting vocal arrangements, and in others, using some funky synth sounds. If there's a fault here, it's that perhaps the record is too precise: Largely mid-paced and squeaky clean in terms of production (even in those moments when it's intentionally muddy), it can feel at times like it lacks that spark that would set it apart from the crowd. But fans of indie giants like Minus the Bear should take note of this band; there's a lot of good stuff happening on this record.

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