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quick take : Hussalonia : Deep in a Donut Dream

16 Mar 2011 · No Comments

The Hussalonia Founder generally puts a strange spin on each of his many recordings. The main gimmick here is that the original guitar and vocal guide tracks were erased after the overdubs were done, with a new vocal recorded responding to the overdubs. As the founder describes it, the process leaves “a void at the center of the song” — sometimes you can almost intuit what the original guitar part was like. This album also uses particularly dense percussion overdubs. “I Now Doth Crazy Go” is one of the voidiest tracks, with a generous quantity of cymbal hits responding to rhythmic cues from the vanished guitar part over the pleasantly Paul Simon-ish bop of Jonathan Hughes’ bass. Hussalonia released music in each of the first ten months of 2010, a trend which ended with “Through with Music,” a title I found worrisome in context. Hussalonia founder, it’s good to have you back.

Tags: 2011 · Rock · h · indie pop · quick take · self-released

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