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    Skiptrace Skiptrace

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Review Text Self-described "indie-jam," Skiptrace's debut EP sticks mostly to neatly produced post-punk, occasionally delving into cresting arrangements that show little hints of improvisation. Produced by Bill Janovitz (Buffalo Tom guitarist) and John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Son Volt, Come), the disc retains its indie rock feel throughout, relying on an ultra-clean sound coupled with guitarist Scott Sellwood's John Linnell-like vocals as opposed to lo-fi histrionics and indie-whine. Several songs contain interesting guitar arrangements, such as the outro to "Where You're Thrown," but many of the songs -- "Don't Support the Band," for example -- are simply appealingly catchy indie-pop in search of a wider audience. The band's songwriting is fine, but they have yet to find a sense of experimentation. ~ Jesse Jarnow

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Open Hands
  2. 2. Don't Support the Band
  3. 3. Test Life
  4. 4. Family Cratered (With Bill Janovitz of Buffalo Tom)
  5. 5. Where You're Thrown
  6. 6. I'm Not Here

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