MOON IS DOWN, THE: This Machine: CDEP

Admitting his theft of The Mountain Goats’ catalog and others, Glenn Maloney defines himself from the lo-fi folkers by using lightning drum cracks and harmonica. TMID is John Darnielle with a face-eating beard and harmonica. This latest seven track EP from this one man band and supporting musicians is more scratchy vocals and folk punk high jinks, like a sound byte of children pleading, “I really need to urinate” tacked onto the end of a song. It’s pretty clear Glenn Maloney has a lot of fun creating music and is a talented guy, however aside from “R2-D2,” most of these songs are homogenous and aren’t distinct enough to stand on their own.

 –Kristen K (Automaton Records Media Conglomerate, myspace.com/thearmc)