April 04, 2005

Pit er Pat "Shakey"

Okay…now this is interesting. Take folks from emo rockers Alkaline Trio, the legendary Neutral Milk Hotel and a classically-trained pianist, and what do you have? A record that’s…interesting. The band mixes up jazzy rhythms, a few rock moves and lots of piano, but not in the way you think. Occasionally the mixture sounds clunky, like on “Gated Community,” but methinks that’s what they are going for, honestly. When pianist Fay Davis-Jeffers sings, the music takes on a Stereolab vibe which, while derivative, isn’t bad. Other songs, like “False Face” and “Vultures Beware,” are quite catchy. Pit Er Pat isn’t really breaking any new musical ground, and Shakey sounds like something you’d expect from Thrill Jockey, but don’t let that distract you from the fact that this is a really pretty record.

--Joseph Kyle

Artist Website: http://www.piterpat.com
Label Website: http://www.thrilljockey.com

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