Human Hand, Animal Band by Rhythm of Black Lines (CD, May-2004, Gold Standard Laboratories)

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Album Features
Artist:Rhythm Of Black Lines
Release Year:2004
Record Label:Gold Standard Laboratories
Genre:Post Rock, Rock & Pop

Track Listing
1. Tooth
2. One Red Eye
3. My Suzerain
4. PJS
5. PJS (Continued)
6. PJS (Continued)
7. Is It in or Is It Out?
8. Thames Yawner
9. Dark Mountain (Performance for Two)
10. Animal Band Human Hand

Playing Time:58 min.
Producer:Jason Ward, Rhythm Of Black Lines
Recording Type:Studio
Recording Mode:Stereo
SPAR Code:n/a

Album Notes
Lyricists: Omar Chavez; Clint Newsom.Rhythm of Black Lines: Kiki Solis (bass instrument); Clint Newsom (background vocals); Omar Chavez, Tim O'Neill.Personnel: Omar Chavez (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Clint Newsom (vocals, guitar); Leigh Mahoney (violin); Sara Nelson (cello); Clay Embry (tenor saxophone); Wayne Meyers (trombone); Tim O'Neill (piano, percussion); Eben English (congas).Recording information: Prole Arts, Chicago, IL (08/2002-02/2003); The Bubble, Austin, TX (08/2002-02/2003).Photographers: Lacy Weathersbee; Sophy Naess.Rhythm of Black Lines give the listener a trippy experience with Human Hand, Animal Band, warbling from chaotic and unlistenable to hypnotic and meditative. Multi-instrumental pulses swirl back and forth, making tracks like "One Red Eye" and the various parts of "PJS" surprising at times, giving refreshing relief from some of the annoyance. With its treated guitars, horns, strings, and keyboards, the music throughout Human Hand, Animal Band is very interesting, owing respect to many influences, from Sonic Youth to Bauhaus to Tripping Daisy to Jane's Addiction. The vocal work, lyrics, and delivery do not add a lot to this interesting music and can be a bit much. These are long tracks that listeners should let envelop them -- one must go with the flow on Human Hand, Animal Band or one will get frustrated. The last half of Human Hand, Animal Band seems to be more successful than the first, holding on to the hazy, druggish nature of the first half but focusing the dream to create an interesting melancholy on tracks "Thames Yawner" and "Dark Mountain (Performance for Two)." The Blonde Redhead-esque track "Is It In or Is It Out?" features Omar Chavez in a better position on the mike than Clint Newsom, displaying a successful delivery of constrained vocals against the wandering music. Human Hand, Animal Band is an epic head-scratcher from Austin's Rhythm of Black Lines. ~ Francis Arres

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