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(Audio Dregs) CD

Portland's Audio Dregs has pulled another rabbit out of their hat (the first was the recent solo release by Yuichiro Fujimoto) with this debut cd by Berlin's Semuin. With a few exceptions (an extended Stravinsky sample, for instance), Semuin's ingredients list is pretty standard fare: acoustic guitars, untuned piano, kalimba, cute spoken word samples, and so forth and so on. And yet, even though he employs many of the devices and some of the clichés of the unfortunate sub-genre known disparagingly as folktronica, Semuin manages to transcend them, creating a very pleasing amalgam of pop melodicism and impressionistic sound collage, which is quite personal, largely by virtue of its little idiosyncracies, but not saccharine or overly self-conscious.


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