A. RESTREPO AND THE OLDER SIBLINGS/JUSTIN CLIFFORD AND SOME OTHER PEOPLE: Split: 7”

Two sides of weirdo folk from Bloomington’s Friends And Relatives label. I bought a CDR of A. Restrepo a while back from this label and found it to be totally overbearing, with the singer’s annoying voice and obvious biting of Mountain Goats-style imagery in the lyrics. However, with three songs on a split 7”, it works out rather well. In moderation, I can appreciate the absurd magical realism that is mixed in with the songs about pretty common themes. The Justin Clifford side is more lo-fi folk stuff that sounds maybe, slightly, like the most whacked-out of the Sebadoh catalog, if I can compare it to anything. It’s a little too much on the cute side of things, but they’re not afraid to get really strange and experimental by messing around with, well, I don’t know what they’re messing around with, but it comes out warbled and twisted at times and buzzy and feedback-damaged at others.

 –Craven (Friends And Relatives)