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Indian Jewelry
Invasive Exotics
Monitor Records
www.swarmofangels.com


Everyone needs to listen to this album. Period. Now, it's not that everyone is going to like it immediately, or that this is the next big thing... rather it is just plain good music to listen to; interesting and distinctive without being heavy-handed. It just flows.

Classifying Indian Jewelry is another issue. The best description I could give would be if The Doors were playing house mix music. It is rock, but it varies into laconic synthed free-verse. During the subtle interludes it sounds closer to Autechre or Moby. But it is the vibe that totally grabs me - it is the loose direction of the music that borders on dissonant, yet gently chugs at sweet lines that coalesce into this jam-band-esque flow. The freedom and openness of the music are completely serene and inviting, while maintaining a mysteriously devious edge.
Really this album plays like the soundtrack to an accessible experimental film. It is colorful and full of lights, telling a secret story that you have to be paying attention to in order to understand. But just like those dissident films there is the potential to confuse or even shock the listeners, as this is not for the top 40 radio crowd. This is for the more refined crowds that don't just listen, they hear.

This album will remain in my collection as an art piece that I take out and absorb when I need that special something all the other records can't provide. But I stand by my statement, even if you don't like it you need to experience it, for better or worse. It's on my path to enlightenment now.

-bishop

Track listing:
1) Lesser Snake
2) Powwow
3) Dirty Hands
4) Ratnoise
5) Come Closer
6) Going South
7) Health And Wellbeing
8) Partying With Jander
9) Lying On The Floor
10) Lost My Sight


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