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New SJ Esau - "Depth Perception Lack"
We're giving a "yes" stamp to Sam Wisternoff's second non-Anticonny Anticon LP, Small Vessel, a nice step up from '06's Wrong Faced Cat Feed Collapse. "Depth Perception Lack" is the sample track, which comes late album but is actually a great intro point for the record, if only for the easy weaving of myriad ideas SJ stacks into the song's three-and-change minutes. "You know something I don't know" is the somehow cheery theme, chanted as the grooves shift, the instrumentation sprawls, voices joining in and dropping. It's a mini-epic of passages, swells, and climaxes, a lot like the record it belongs to. If you like this, you'll love Small Vessel. I think you'll like this.
SJ Esau - "Depth Perception Lack" (MP3)
The horn passage Sounds Familyre, and the quick cut as the going gets good is a nice "leave 'em wanting more." For those so wanting, Small Vessel is out 6/24 via Anticon. The Bristol man is keeping it relatively close to home, so this list is for our European readers:
05/23 - Madrid, Spain @ Café La Palma
05/28 - Barcelona, Spain (Primavera Festival)
06/05 - Leeds, UK @ Faversham* w/ WHY?
06/06 - Manchester, UK @ Roadhouse*
06/08 - Nottingham, UK @ Bodega*
06/24 - Oxford, UK @ TBA#
06/26 - Bristol, UK @ The Croft#
06/27 - Brighton, UK @ Freebutt Brighton#
* w/ WHY?
# w/ Sole