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Doing the Count

Just now wrote a review to be published later if all goes as planned of an eponymous album called Eskmo. (Sticklers claim that this is an imprecise usage of "eponymous." Look it up, I'm not going to explain why, but strictly speaking they're right, only I think that this is a case of where a useless word has been refitted for modern needs. An eponymous album is now a self-titled album. Get used to it.) Eskmo is a DJ from San Francisco who makes a kind of semi-pop (really quarter-pop) musique concrete, no itals please. I know very little about the style so did my thing and looked at the Metacritic reviews, three of the mere five of which are negative. So just for the hell of it I wrote down the songs the three negatives excepted, either because they actually liked them or to create an illusion of "balance." Max Raymond at musicOMH: "We Got More" and "My Gears Are Starting to Tremble." Patrick Masterson at Dusted: "We Got More," "Cloudlight," and "Siblings." Brian Howe at Pitchfork: "Moving Glowstream," ""Starships" (qualified), and "Cloudlight."

That makes six songs on a 13-track album, two named twice, admired by people who don't even like the thing. Might be better than they think, eh?

4 Comments

By Blair on November 5, 2010 7:00 AM

My interest is piqued by your description of Eskmo. I'll check them out.

And the sticklers:

http://topics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/14/words-we-love-too-much-5/

By Gmort on November 5, 2010 10:41 AM

Robert: If, at the appropriate time, you could clarify "to be published if all goes as planned", there might be a few of us interested. Thanks. GM

p.s.: Listening to the Eskmo previews on iTunes right this moment. Not surprised you're intrigued. Again, thanks.

By dstephenc on November 8, 2010 1:18 PM

Count me as one of the interested. Things haven't been the same for this music fan since July 1.

By Michael on November 15, 2010 12:27 PM

ditto. I'm lost without the CG.

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