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Coulier
Cool, Cooler, Coulier!
Stickfigure Records
www.coulier.net


Now I don't usually go in for instrumental pieces like this, but this three-piece may have something going on. Short and sweet, the songs really speak for themselves, alternating in mood and rhythm to create a nice juxtaposed effect with two guitars and one killer drum.

Production is on the low end, giving it a definitive garage feel. Emphasis is lost at some moments, while the clear winner in the mix is the drums; they force the songs onward, and throw in interesting changes for accent. The guitar work is inspired, but too basic at points. However, it does succeed in creating nice layered effects that transition during the course of the songs. Sometimes it comes off as too self-indulgently experimental, a little structuring could go a long way.

Overall, I would classify this as a work in progress. Coulier have proved that they have the necessary skills to bring to the table, now they need to focus on creating clearly defined boundaries and movements within each song. If they accomplished that, their work wouldn't appear so half-assed and garage-esque.

Coulier are on my radar, now I would like to see which way they go.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) Close Your Eyes and Feel
2) Start Believing in Dreams and Others Will Catch the Fever
3) Noah Gets His Swerve On
4) Song Two
5) There's a Monster (riff) Under My Bed
6) You Don't Know What You've Got Till Its Gone (Ooooh Baby)
7) So, This Is Your First Time With a Dude?
8) Red Bricks
9) Throw the Knives at Someone Else
10) Khartoum's Severed Head
11) Carcassi's Ist Etude, Op. 60
12) I'm Down With Brown Town


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